How to Reset and Clear Jump Lists in Windows 8 and 8.1
Jump Lists contain a list of pinned items, recent items, and frequent places of your recently opened files, folders, websites, etc... when you right click or press and hold on a program's icon on the taskbar, or when you open File Explorer (Windows Explorer) and click/tap on the File tab.
This tutorial will show you how to remove specific or reset and clear all recent items, frequent places, and pinned items in your taskbar and File Explorer Jump Lists in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
By default, your Jump Lists and pinned items, recent items, and frequent places in them are saved in the folder locations below. You could copy the shell commands below into the Run (Windows + R) dialog and press Enter one at a time to open them. The contents of these folders is what Option Two in this tutorial will be deleting to reset and clear your Jump Lists for you automatically using a BAT file.
EXAMPLE: Jump Lists of Apps on Taskbar Before and Reset
EXAMPLE: Frequent Places in File Explorer Before and Reset
NOTE: This is when you open File Explorer (Windows Explorer) and click/tap on the File tab.
To Only Remove a Specific Item in a Jump List on Taskbar
On the taskbar, right click or press and hold on an app icon to open it's jump list.
In the jump list, right click or press and hold on an unpinned
item that you want to remove, and click/tap on Remove from this list
. (see screenshot below)3.
Repeat step 1
for any other listed item that you wish to remove from this or any other program's jump list.
To Reset and Clear All Jump Lists Automatically with a BAT File
Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, save it to your desktop, and run it.
If prompted, click/tap on Run
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file
You will now see a quick flash as the BAT file runs and restarts explorer.
Your jump lists have been reset and cleared to be empty now. It may take a bit afterwards before the Jump Lists start to repopulate as you open files, folders, websites, etc...