Jump Lists are really useful to open recently used programs. Windows 7 has already introduced us to Jump lists. To access Jump Lists, just right-click on on a pinned application from the taskbar. But the problem with Windows 7 Jump Lists is that the history of all the recently opened applications and files cannot be controlled. There is no such option to prevent Windows from storing and displaying items. With Windows 8, here comes more powerful options to control the behavior of Jump Lists.
Jump Lists in Windows 8
As we know, Jump Lists depends entirely on the program. For example, the Jump List for Google Chrome will display recently closed tabs and tasks like new tab or new incognito window. The Jump List for Windows Explorer will display recently visited locations. Not everyone is happy about Windows showing recently accessed locations this easily and a user may want to prevent Jump Lists from storing these programs.
In Windows 8, open Taskbar properties and click on the Jump Lists tab (this was named as Start menu in Windows 7). Under this Jump List tab, you can find options to control your Privacy by disabling the option to store and display recently opened items. Uncheck the option to disable and prevent Jump Lists from storing a history of all items/programs.
There is also an option to change number of recent items to display in Jump Lists. By default it is limited to 10 but it can be changed as per your need.
No doubt this option would be very useful for those who are concerned about their Privacy. They can disable Jump Lists in Windows 8 by using this option.