How To Remove Recommended Section From Start Menu In Windows 11?

Windows 11 comes with a new Start menu that drops Live Tiles in favor of traditional icons and introduces a minimalistic design. One of the main parts is the “Recommended” section that replaces Timeline and includes suggestions to pick up recently open files and installed apps.

Although it can be a handy feature to reopen certain items, it’s not something for everyone. If this is your case, it’s not possible to remove the Recommended section from the Start menu, but the Windows 11 Settings app lets you hide all the items you don’t want to appear in the list.

The all-new Start menu is one of the first things that you notice upon upgrading to Windows 11. The new Start menu gets back the search bar and gets rid of the live tiles.

The Start menu has a section called Recommended, which displays recently opened files and newly installed apps. While the number of recently viewed files and installed apps vary depending on the screen size, many users find it helpful to quickly view recently opened files without opening the File Explorer Quick Access.

That said, there are users who do not want to show recently viewed files and newly installed apps on the Start menu. If you are one of them, you are in luck as Windows 11 has a provision to turn off the Recommended section of the Start menu. Here is how to do that.

Remove the “Recommended? section from Start menu in Windows 11

Step 1: Open the Settings app either using the search or Windows logo + I keyboard shortcut.

Step 2: In the left pane of the Settings app, you will see a list of categories. Click on Personalization.

Step 3: On the right side, click on Start to see Start menu settings.

How To Remove Recommended Section From Start Menu In Windows 11

Step 4: Finally, turn off Show recently added apps and Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer options.

How To Remove Recommended Section From Start Menu In Windows 11

As you might have noticed, when you configure Windows 11 not to show recently opened files in the Start menu, it will not show them in the File Explorer Quick Access as well.

Can you completely remove the Recommended section from Windows 11 Start?

When the Show recently added apps and Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer options are turned off, recent files and new apps do not appear in the Recommended section. However, the Recommended section continues to appear (but does not display anything) for some reason.

There is no option yet to remove the Recommended section completely. As you can see in the picture below, it shows “To show your recent files and new apps, turn them on in Start Settings” message.

How To Remove Recommended Section From Start Menu In Windows 11

FAQ’s

1. How to remove Recommended section content from Start?

To remove all the items in the Recommended section of the Start menu on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click the Start page from the right side.
  4. Turn off the Show recently added apps toggle switch to hide the recently installed apps.
  5. Turn off the Show most used apps toggle switch to hide frequent apps.
  6. Turn off the Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer toggle switch to clear the recent files from the list.

2. How to remove Recommended items individually from Start?

To remove specific items from the Recommended section in the Start menu, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Right-click an item from the Recommended section.
  3. Select the Remove from list option.

3. How do I change the recommended files in Windows 11?

You can remove the Recommended section from the Start Menu using the Settings menu. Here’s how you can do that in two clicks: Open ‘Settings’ using the Windows 11 keyboard shortcut Win + I. Then, click on ‘Personalization‘ on the left sidebar, and select ‘Start’ on the right pane.

How To Remove Recommended Section From Start Menu In Windows 11 Video Tutorial

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