IE9 Pinned Site Jump List Items Not Displaying Consistently Across Computers

Those following my blog know that I’ve been working on the Microsoft patterns & practices Web Guidance team and we are using Project Silk as the basis for delivering our web guidance.

One of the early project work items was to demonstrate IE9 windows shell integration or pinned sites. Project Silk has a nice pinned sites experience that includes static and dynamic jump list items as well as dynamic notification icons.

The dynamic jump list items and notification icons are driven by the number of overdue maintenance reminders the currently logged in user needs to attend to.

Our team had a lingering problem with the dynamic jump lists; they were not displaying consistently across team member computers. As you can imagine, this was a source of frustration since the feature is actually cool and requires very little in the way of code to implement.

I got up early this morning and started writing the Application Notifications chapter which includes our implementation of IE9 pinned sites. I’ve not been able to see the dynamic jump list items on my laptop or home computers. I spent about an hour debugging our JavaScript, hoping to find something wrong. No such luck.

Others on the Internet have reported similar problems with solutions ranging from disabling all shell extensions, to clearing out the jump list folders. (Not something I want to recommend to users of Project Silk.)

Turns out, the displaying of jump list items is tied to a Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog setting, “Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar.”

Required Configuration for Jump List Items to Display

If you’re like me and don’t want Windows adding items to an already busy start menu, you turn off both of the below options. However, for jump lists to work, you’ll need to enable the second option.

RequiredConfiguration

Not sure why jump list item displaying is tied to this setting, will have to inquire about this.

BadConfiguration

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Have a great day,

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