How to Disable Recommended in Windows 11 Start Menu

Written by Thirumalraj

By default, when you open the Windows 11 Start menu, you can see the Recommended section.

This section shows newly installed apps and recently used files.

If you want to disable the entire section or remove a specific item from it, follow the steps below.

Remember that when you disable the Recommended section, the Quick access Recent files section and the jump lists items are removed.

Here are the steps:

Press Windows + I to open the Settings app and hit Personalization from the left sidebar.

Click on Start on the right.

Disable “Show recently added apps.”

Turn off “Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer.”

That’s all. Open the Start menu, and you can see the change.

Note: If you want the Recommended section, you only need to enable the above options.

Here’s an alternate method to turn on or off the newly installed apps from showing in Recommended section:

Open local group policy editor.

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

On the right, you can see the Remove “Recently added” list from Start Menu. Double-click it.

Select Enabled if you want to turn it off. To turn it on, you need to select Not Configured or Disabled.

Click on the OK button, and that’s all.

Right-click on an individual item and select the Remove from list option to remove it.

Note: Hit the “More” button to see all the items in the list.

Thanks for reading.

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