Windows 7 Week – Jump Lists

Since this is the week Windows 7 is getting released and I’m hosting a Windows 7 Party, I thought it would be great to share some of my favorite new features in Windows 7 with my readers.

When OS 10.5, Leopard, came out a couple years ago, it brought with it Stacks. Windows 7 brings a similar feature Jump Lists. Jump Lists get things you want faster by having it just a single right click away.

OSX Stacks

OSX Stacks

I use this feature extensively, for instance, if I need to quickly open my quick folder (where I put things temporarily), I can just click on the Folder icon that is pinned to the task bar and click on the quick folder title and it will open. There’s no hunting with this feature enabled.

Jump List for Chrome

Jump List for Chrome

Traditionally I would have rocket hold important folders such as quick and other frequently accessed things such as my server drive. Rocket Dock is pretty nice but it takes extra memory and processing power (however, this amount is so tiny). With jump lists, I can consolidate my needs right into jump lists.

Applications also have their own special jump lists that contain specialized shortcuts to internal features. If you right click on the Google Chrome icon on the task bar, you’ll see open new chrome window and open new incognito window. Having these shortcuts are handy but not many applications offer them yet but over time, they will.

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