Cre­ate Custom Jump Lists


Ex­tend your ap­pli­ca­tion Jump Lists with Jumplist Ex­ten­der ( com/ ar­chive/ p/ jumplist- ex­ten­der)— de­spite its age, this open-source tool works per­fectly with Windows 10. Sim­ply se­lect your pro­gram, then cre­ate app-re­lated tasks you can add to the list of op­tions that ap­pear in the pro­gram’s Jump List. The best news? Jumplist Ex­ten­der ed­its the Registry to cre­ate and edit your Jump Lists, so it doesn’t need to be run­ning for them to work.

For ex­am­ple, launch the pro­gram, and choose “Start a new jump list.” Type “snip­ping” into the “Search Pro­grams” bar, and se­lect the Snip­ping Tool. Click “Open” fol­lowed by “Run Snip­ping Tool” to launch the pro­gram. When it loads, click the Snip­ping Tool win­dow to se­lect it, then click “OK” in the Jumplist Ex­ten­der win­dow.

Type “Rect­an­gu­lar snip’” into the “Name” box in Jumplist Ex­ten­der, then hold down Alt and press N— you’ll see “Alt+N” ap­pear in the ‘“Press key­board short­cuts” win­dow. Now press Alt-M, then press R on its own—it should now read “[ Alt+N] [ Alt+M] R.” You can add other screen-cap­ture op­tions with the right key combo by press­ing the green “+” but­ton—for ex­am­ple, “[ Alt+N] [ Alt+M] F” for a Freeform snip, or “[ Alt+N] [ Alt+M] W” for a Win­dow snip.

Once done, choose “File > Save and Ap­ply to Taskbar.” Pin the Snip­ping Tool short­cut to the Taskbar, and close the pro­gram. Now right-click its Taskbar icon, and you’ll see the op­tions you’ve cre­ated, en­abling you to cap­ture screen­shots with­out hav­ing to open the Snip­ping Tool first.

You can then ap­ply this tech­nique to any other pro­gram us­ing key­board short­cuts to trig­ger tasks (if no di­rect key­board short­cuts ex­ist, see the main text for the Alt work­around). Jump-list Ex­ten­der can also be used to cre­ate a custom list of files to open us­ing the pro­gram in ques­tion.

Build your own Jump Lists for added con­ve­nience.

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