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How to remove Start menu Recommended section content on Windows 11

Windows 11 Start without Recommended
Windows 11 Start without Recommended (Image credit: Windows Central)

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.

In this Windows 11 guide, you will learn the steps to disable the Recommended section from showing items in the Start menu.

To remove all the items in the Recommeded 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.Quick note: As you turn off this feature, the items in the Jump Lists (when you right-click the app in the Taskbar) or the Recent files section in the "Quick access" page of File Explorer will also be cleared.

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Once you complete the steps, reopen the Start menu, and the Recommended section should no longer show any items.

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.

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After you complete the steps, the item will no longer be available in the list. However, the file will still be available from the location.

If you have a lot of items, you will notice a More button in the top-right corner to view the list. Withing that list, you can also right-click items to remove them as necessary.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

10 Comments
  • I don't want that recommended section, but I use jump lists... Why it can't have separated options to turn it off?
  • Looks like it's only the third switch that turns off Jump List items, but I don't have it to test personally.
  • this new start menu is just garbage . windows 8.1 and 10 where the best .
  • Personally, I've never really cared about look/feel of start menus. I just need to be able to launch an app. Is it easy? That's all I really care about. That said, I've removed the recommended section because it's just clutter. I want to launch an app, not get recommendations.
  • Please free up that space for more tiles when Recommended is turned off.
  • But that space is useless for me. I thought by removing the recommended section would free up space for more app icons.
  • So far, I've found the Recommended list useful, as it seems to always have the files I need to access near the top.
  • Please upvote this feedback in the feedback hub. https://insider.windows.com/FeedbackHub/fb?contextid=49&feedbackid=586f4...
    My feedback there is - "Let us turn off the Recommended section (completely) and let us create Groups in pinned section."
  • I don't want to remove the ITEMS. I want to get rid of that section of the Start menu 100% COMPLETELY. It takes up way too much space and I'll never use it.
  • thanks this helped me a lot