Ever since I started using Windows 7 in the pre-public Beta days one of my favorite features has been Jump Lists. It may not have the gee-whiz factor of AeroShake, but it is much more practical and enables me to work more efficently and save time.
With Windows Vista, I relied on the Recent Items list in the Start Menu. Recent Items linked to the last 10 or so files I had used. But, it only linked to certain file types and it wouldn’t take long to open 10 documents and run a file off the list. Then I’d have to open it the old-fashioned way by navigating through Windows Explorer file menus to find where the document is actually stored and open it back up.
Jump Lists takes the Recent Items concept and applies it on an application by application basis. Now Word, Excel, Windows Media Player, Quicken personal financial software, etc. all have their own list of most recently accessed files. I use the Jump Lists for accessing almost everything and find it to be a huge convenience and time saving benefit.
Check out this video clip to see Jump Lists in action.