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How to add Tasks to Jumplists in .NET 4.0 and Windows 7


Windows 7 provides a new taskbar feature for applications called jumplists. They appear, when you right-click on a application icon in the taskbar. By default you see a list of recent files opened and two entries to launch and detach the application.

.NET 4.0 provides a managed API that allows you to easily manipulate the entries in the jumplist.

How to add a Task to the Jumplist

A jumplist is nothing more than a categorizes list of links to files that can be launched by the user. The links are called JumpTasks. They can be parametrized with a title, description, icon, filepath and command line arguments.

In the following sample I create a new JumpList and add a task to the list that launches the sample application, but with a command line argument. If the application is launched with an argument, it shows a MessageBox instead.

public partial class App : Application
    protected override void OnStartup(StartupEventArgs e)
        if (e.Args.Count() > 0)
            MessageBox.Show("You have the latest version.");
        JumpTask task = new JumpTask
            Title = "Check for Updates",
            Arguments = "/update",
            Description = "Cheks for Software Updates",
            CustomCategory = "Actions",
            IconResourcePath = Assembly.GetEntryAssembly().CodeBase,
            ApplicationPath = Assembly.GetEntryAssembly().CodeBase 
        JumpList jumpList = new JumpList();
        jumpList.ShowFrequentCategory = false;
        jumpList.ShowRecentCategory = false;
        JumpList.SetJumpList(Application.Current, jumpList);

Last modified: 2009-12-16 13:50:20
Copyright (c) by Christian Moser, 2011.

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Andira Muttakim
Commented on 27.January 2010
is there only work in WPF?
how about Form?
Andira Muttakim
Commented on 27.January 2010
is there only work in WPF?
how about Form?
Mario FraiƟ
Commented on 28.March 2010
It does also work in Windows Forms under a .NET 4.x and Win7 environment.
Commented on 17.May 2010
Any way you can implement this to standard run time?

e.g. Have a command on the list (Red) that changes the background color of the form to Red?
Commented on 25.June 2010
can jumplist support custom event like just calling a method inside the owner

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