The File Extensions Database


  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: System Files
  • Format: Binary



An AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS-MS file is a Jump List file used by Windows 7, a Microsoft Windows operating system (OS). It contains information about the application used that is pinned on a user's taskbar, timestamps, and the paths to items (documents, webpages, images, etc.) recently accessed by a program pinned on a user's taskbar.

The Jump List feature was introduced in Windows 7 and allows you to quickly view items recently edited by a program that is pinned to your taskbar simply by right-clicking the icon. When you right-click the icon of the pinned program in the taskbar the Jump List will appear above the program. For example, if Windows Media Player is pinned to your taskbar and you have recently viewed several .JPG images, they will appear when you view the Jump List for the program. The same applies for web browsers such as Internet Explorer or Google Chrome but instead of images it will most likely show recently viewed webpages.

The AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS-MS file is created when you use a program pinned to your taskbar. The path to that specific file and timestamp is stored in the AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS-MS file then referenced by the Windows 7 OS when the user right-clicks the pinned program.

You most likely will never see the AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS-MS file since it referenced by the OS but if you need to navigate to the file it is located in the following directory:


Programs that open Windows Jump List File
Microsoft Windows

How to solve problems with AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS-MS files

  • Associate the AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS-MS file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS-MS file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS-MS files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS-MS file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS-MS is Windows Jump List File. Because only the current version supports the latest AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS-MS file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Microsoft manufacturer website after an available .AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS-MS is Windows Jump List File update.
  • To make sure that your AUTOMATICDESTINATIONS-MS file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.