How to Remove the 'Recommended' Section From Windows 11 Start Menu

How to Remove ‘Recommended’ Section Items from Windows 11 Start Menu

The Start Menu in Windows 11 is divided into two sections. The top half displays the shortcuts for pinned apps, while the bottom half includes the ‘Recommended’ section. The latter shows recent files and offers recommendations for various apps installed on your PC. However, if you find the Recommended section annoying and unnecessary, you have the option to disable it (not completely, though). In this tutorial, we will teach you how to remove the Recommended section in the Windows 11 Start Menu.

Remove the Recommended Items From Windows 11 Start Menu (2021)

We will show you two ways to remove recommended items on the Windows 11 Start Menu in this article. Firstly, you will learn how to remove the entire Recommended section and all items listed under it en masse through Settings. Secondly, we will remove individual files and recommendations from the Start Menu. So without further ado, let’s get started.

However, it is important to mention that even after you disable recently installed apps and files from appearing under the Recommended section in the Start menu, it doesn’t completely disappear. Windows 11 still continues to show the Recommended section, and it takes up space in the Start menu, displaying a message that reads – “To show your recent files and new apps, turn them on in Start Settings.” So if you are looking to get real-estate in the Start menu, well, that’s not possible at the moment. With that said, have a look at how you can disable recommendations in Windows 11 Start Menu.

Note: In line with reader feedback, we have updated the title to better reflect the contents of the article. The title has changed from “How to remove Recommended section from Windows 11 Start menu” to “How to remove Recommended section items from Windows 11 Start menu”. That’s because Windows 11 does not completely remove the Recommended section and only the files and folders displayed under it, with Recommended still occupying the same space in the Windows 11 Start menu. One way to fix this could be customizing the Start menu using third-party apps to make Windows 11 look like Windows 10.

Method 1: Remove ‘Recommended’ Items Through Settings

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 Items from Windows 11 Start Menu

  • Now, turn off the toggle next to ‘Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer‘. You can also disable the ‘Show recently added apps‘ option to get an even cleaner Start Menu experience in Windows 11.

Remove the Recommended Section From Windows 11 Start Menu

Note: Disabling ‘recently opened items’ will also get rid of your favorite websites on the Taskbar jump-lists for your browser, which could be inconvenient for some users.

Method 2: Remove ‘Recommended’ Items From Start Menu

Another way to remove the Recommended items is by individually removing each one from the Start Menu. Here’s how you do that:

  • Open the Start Menu either by clicking on the Start Button or hitting the Windows key on your keyboard.

How to Remove ‘Recommended’ Section Items from Windows 11 Start Menu

  • Now, right-click on the unwanted item and select ‘Remove from list‘. If it is an app that you are trying to remove, you can also click the ‘Uninstall‘ button. But this will remove the app from your device for good, and you can no longer access it.

Remove the Recommended Section From Windows 11 Start Menu

Easily Remove Recommended Items From Start Menu!

So yeah, you can see that removing the ‘Recommended’ section from the Start Menu in Windows 11 is easy. Apart from this, you can choose to further customize the Start Menu experience in Windows 11 using our linked guide. Now that you know how it works, check out some of our other guides to learn how to remove other annoyances from your PC. You can remove ads from your Windows computer and disable mouse acceleration on your PC if you are a gamer. Meanwhile, if you dislike the Windows 11 Start Menu, learn how to get the old Windows 10 Start Menu in Windows 11 with a cool new app.

17 Comments

  1. Useless and misleading article. I want to get rid of the Recommended section all together. Even when I turn off these three options, I still have the recommended section, empty and taking up half my start menu. It looks absolute garbage. Even if windows were not going to allow you to turn recommendations off, why would they have the section take up half the start menu even when empty?

  2. Does Microsoft really think people want every single person who uses somebody’s computer to be able to see every file they clicked on? I mean, I know with the hub and SSD space being more precious and all, storing certain types of files on your hard drive is less common now than it was 10 years ago. There are other things you might want to hide on your PC besides tasteful romantic material as well, like text files containing passwords and such. Now anybody can just turn it back on and see what files you’re looking at. Why did they think this was a good idea?

  3. Any way to get rid of “to show your recent files and new apps, turn them on in start settings” ? i want only the apps to appear in the menu.

  4. Please change the title since your guide doesn’t remove the section, it just removes all items from the list, the section stays where it is and occupies the same amount of space as if there were items there

  5. Well that’s dumb, I was hoping to gain some real estate after this… recommendations are gone… but it still uses all that space….

  6. Why did Microsoft think it was a good idea to paste “To show your recent files and new apps, turn them on in settings. Launch Start Settings.” at the bottom of the start menu after removing the feature. We do not want to see anything down there. Bill Gates, roll up your sleeves and fix your OS.

  7. The title said it was about removing the recommended section. The actual article is only about removing ITEMS from the recommended section. Once all items are removed, the recommended section remains… it’s just empty. So the title is misleading.

  8. The team at Microsoft has no idea what they’re doing when it comes to personalization, customization and stability.
    It took them 6 years to get the start menu of Windows 10 right. Even so, it still can buggy and annoying to work with. I have no hope for Windows 11.
    As an Windows Insider, I’m really disappointed.

    Good guide here though, but then again, should such a guide even be necessary?

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