How to Hide App List in Start Menu

The Windows 10 Start menu default has an app list that includes shortcuts and folders filled with shortcuts.

You can hide the app list in the Start menu if you no longer want it.

You can complete this task in three different ways. Choose the one you want.

Method #1

Press Windows + I, and you can see the Settings app.

Hit Personalization.

Click Start on the left sidebar.

Disable the “Show app list in Start menu.” You can find this one between Show more tiles on Start and Show recently added apps.

That’s all.

To activate the app list, activate the above.

Method #2

Type gpedit.msc in the Run Command Box and then press Enter.

Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.

You will see the “Remove All Programs list from the Start menu” on the right pane. Double-click on it.

Select Enabled.

You will now see a drop-down list with these options:

  • None – this is selected by default and disables the app list.
  • Collapse – this disables the app list and shows the “All apps” button. If you click on this button, you can see the app list.
  • Collapse and disable setting – this does the same as “Collapse.” The “Show app list in Start menu” is also unavailable.
  • Remove and disable setting – this disables the app list and makes the “Show app list in Start menu” option unavailable.

Click OK.

That’s all.

Note: If you want to view the app list in the Start menu, follow the steps above, but choose Not Configured or Disabled.

Method #3

Open the Registry Editor. I suggest that you back up the Registry before proceeding.

Expand the following keys: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies.

Press the Explorer key. You need to create it if you don’t see it, and here’s how:

Right-click on the Policies key, select New > Key, enter the name as Explorer, and then press Enter.

Right-click on the space in the right pane.

Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter the name as NoStartMenuMorePrograms and then press Enter.

Double-click on it.

Type 1 in the Value data field and then press the OK button.

Restart File Explorer or PC.

That’s all.

To view the app list, delete the NoStartMenuMorePrograms DWORD or replace 1 with 0.

I hope this guide, “How to Hide App List in Start Menu,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.