How to Hide Recently Added Section in Start Menu

The “Recently added” section of the Start menu shows the most recently installed programs.

If you do not want this section in the Start menu, then you can hide it.

You can do this task in three ways. Pick the one you like.

Method #1

Press Windows + I to open Settings.

Hit Personalization.

Click on Start in the left sidebar.

Turn off “Show recently added apps.” You can find this one between the “Show app list in Start menu” and the “Show most used apps.”

That’s all.

Note that you can turn it on and all you need to do is turn on “Show recently added apps.”

Method #2

Type gpedit.msc in the Run Box and then hit the Enter key.

If you want to hide the Recently added section for all users, then navigate to:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.

If you want to hide the Recently added section for the current user, then navigate to:

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.

I am doing this for all users here, but the steps are the same for the current user.

Double-click on the “Remove “Recently added” list from Start Menu.”

Select Enabled and click OK.

Restart the computer.

That’s all.

Note: You can view the Recently added section by following the steps above and selecting Not Configured and Disabled.

Method #3

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

If you want to hide for all users, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows > Explorer.

If you want to hide for the current user, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Windows > Explorer.

I’m doing this here for the current user, but the steps are the same for all users.

Right-click on the blank space in the right pane.

Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Provide the name as HideRecentlyAddedApps and then hit the Enter key.

Double-click this and provide 1 in the Value data field.

Hit the OK button.

Restart your PC or File Explorer.

That’s all.

Note that you can revert and all you need to do is delete the DWORD you’ve created above or change the value from 1 to 0.

Additional Hints

If you want to hide a particular item in the “Recently added” section, then follow these steps:

Right-click on the item you want to hide in the Recently added section.

Hover the mouse over “More.”

Now, click on “Remove from this list.”

That’s all.  

You can clear the “Recently added” section and here’s how:

Right-click on an item in that section.

Hover the mouse over “More.”

Hit the Clear list option.

That’s it.

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