How to Backup Jump Lists in Windows

Jump lists is a new feature introduced back in Windows 7. It lets you use lists attached to pinned taskbar items to quickly access documents, tasks and more. In this article, we will show you how to backup jump lists in Windows 7 and 8 and restore it on every PC that you are using.

The backing up process is very simple. All you need to do is to open the Windows Explorer and navigate to the path:

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations

and

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations

jumplist location in Windows

Backup all the files in these two folders. (note that the files’ name contain the folder name that they belong to, so you won’t be confused which file belongs to which folder.)

Alternatively, you can download this bat file and run it in your computer to automate the whole process. What this bat file will do is to first create a “Jump-Lists-Backup” folder on your Desktop and then copy all the jumplist folders and files over to this newly created folder.

windows-jump-lists-backup-folder

Don’t delete or modify this folder, as you’ll need it intact to restore your jump lists.

When you’re ready to restore your jump lists, you can simply copy the files that you backed up earlier and paste to the same locations where you save the files from earlier. (You can use Dropbox or Skydrive to sync the files from one PC to another.)

Restart the Windows Explorer.

Alternatively, you can download this restore bat file and execute it in your computer, assuming that the Jump-Lists-Backup folder is intact in your desktop (if you are doing it on another computer, make sure you copy the Jump-Lists-Backup folder to the desktop first before executing this bat file).

Your screen may flicker for a second as Explorer is refreshed during the jump lists restore.

Once completed, click on the jump lists and you’ll see they’ve been restored to when you backed them up.

restored-jump-list

What’s nifty about this trick is that if you use the same programs between two computers running Windows 7 or 8, you can use the .bat files to backup jump lists on one PC, then restore them on another PC by copying the backup folder to the desktop destination on the new computer, then running the restore .bat file.

You will need to make sure you’re using the same program versions on each PC for this to work properly, otherwise you may restore only partial jump lists as opposed to everything you backed up.

If you’re used to using jump lists in Windows, being able to backup jump lists and restore them on another PC can be beneficial, especially if you’re using two computers and want access to your jump lists no matter which one you use during the day.

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