With Windows 11, Microsoft has introduced a brand new start menu. The new Start menu in Windows 11 shows pinned app icons at the top and recent items at the bottom of the menu (in the Recommended section), as you may have noticed.
Some users may like showing recent items in the Start menu, but some users don’t.
For starters, you can always view recently opened files by opening Quick Access in File Explorer. In addition, the Start menu (at least on our PC) takes some time to update the list of recent files. Therefore, the most recently opened files are not always displayed.
Fortunately, if you don’t like seeing recently opened files in the Start menu every time you open it, you can set the Start menu not to show recent files. However, there is a catch. When you disable recent files in the Start menu, the space is not used to display pinned apps. That is, the space reserved for recent articles will be empty, as shown in the following image.
If you disable recent files in the Start menu, recent files will not appear in Quick Access and Jump Lists either.
Disable Windows 11 Start menu recent files list
Anyway, here’s how to set the Start menu not to show recent files in Windows 11.
Step 1: Open the Settings app. You can easily open the Settings app by right-clicking the Start button on the taskbar and then clicking the Settings option.
Step 2: In the left pane of Settings, click Personalization. Click Start on the right.
Step 3: Finally, uncheck the option labeled Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists and File Explorer. That is!
The Start menu, Jump Lists, and File Explorer Quick Access will no longer show recently opened files.
Remove individual files from the Start menu in Windows 11
If you want to remove an individual file from the recents list instead, you can do that too. Here’s how.
Step 1: Open the Start menu.
Step 2: Right click on the file you want to remove from the Start menu and then click on Remove from list option. This will immediately remove the file from the Start menu.
Tip: The Start menu shows a total of six recent files by default. To see more recent files, click the More button in the Recommended section of the Start menu.