One great tool for Windows 7 users is the Taskbar. start up Photoshop and the icon will show up in the taskbar. Right-click on that icon and you can pin it to the taskbar for one-click launch. The best thing about this is the list (aka "Jump List") of the 10 most recent files you will see if you right-click on the taskbar icon. You can also edit this list to remove files that you have deleted or simply pin a file to the list. Click on a file anywhere in the list and it will open. But what if you would like to increase the number of recent files? You can,and here's how:
Right-click on a vacant spot in the taskbar. Click on Properties in the context menu. Then click on the Start Menu tab. Now follow the screenshot:
You can set that jump list number up to 60 items, but your screen resolution is the limiting factor. I can set it up to 25,much better than 10 and it is for all icons in the taskbar. It's a quick way to open a file without opening Bridge or going to the File > Open Recent files list in PS.
This tip doesn't make the rounds too often and it's worth a repeat. I can only vouch for Windows 7, let us know if it works in Vista or XP.
Thanks for sharing your experience.
Vista and XP didn't have Jump Lists at all.
By the way, some time back I switched to ClassicShell to replace the Windows Start menu, and I find it better in almost every way. The coolest thing is that it adds the Start button back to Windows 8, consistent with the way it has been working in Windows 7. In Windows 8 for whatever reason Microsoft has removed the Start menu as you know it entirely.
Good plan. You'll like my Configure the Windows 8 "To Work" Options book too if you go that route. No, Windows 8 does not offer compelling reasons to move up. In fact a lot of stuff is just deleted that had value. Virtually no one can figure out what Microsoft's "strategy" is with this - I've come to conclude they don't really have a concerted strategy, and they're just trying to cover it up with Marketing BS.
About the only things I've seen going for Windows 8 are:
There's a web page describing all the useful stuff they've removed... It's no wonder the upgrade is going to be cheap:
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