Pinning

Pinning Items: A Way to Find Items Faster in Windows 7

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Stop searching for the documents you frequently access. Pin your important items to the Task Bar or a Jump List and you’ll never have to search for them again.

Windows 7 included some really great user features which boost productivity, and if you’re not taking full advantage, you’re missing out.

Pinning and Jump Lists are two features that when combined help you navigate Windows faster and easier.

What is Pinning?

In Windows7, you can Pin an item to your start menu, or your task bar for ease of access. To Pin an item, locate the software or document you want to Pin, right click on it, and select either Pin to Start Menu or Pin to Taskbar.

Pin to Start Pinning a frequently used program to your Start Menu makes it always accessible when you click on Start.

Pin to Taskbar Pinning a frequently used program to your Taskbar attaches the item next to your start button, by all your quick launch buttons, so that you can access the item quickly no matter where you are in Windows. You can easily rearrange items on your Taskbar by clicking and dragging the icons.

What are Jump Lists?

A Jump List is a list of recently accessed items, and is program specific. You access Jump Lists slightly differently, depending on where you are in Windows.

From the Start Menu To access a Jump List from the Start Menu, click on the right arrow next to the program.

From the Taskbar To access a Jump List from the Taskbar, right click on the program. The list that appears is the Jump List.

Pinning to Jump Lists

You can also Pin items to the Jump List, so that you can access the item even faster. To do this, access the appropriate Jump List for what you want to Pin, locate the item to Pin, and then click on the small push pin icon to the right of the item. Tip: If you hover over the push pin icon, it says Pin to List.

Microsoft gave users some powerful productivity features when they added Pinning and Jump Lists to their bag of tricks. While you can’t Pin everything, you can Pin your most frequently used items, allowing for faster access to the items you use the most.

Do you have a favorite Windows 7 feature? Leave us a comment telling us about it.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who is interested in helping you use Windows more effectively.  Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website: www.mybusinesswriter.com.