How to Remove the ‘Recommended’ Section 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. In this tutorial, we will teach you how to remove the Recommended section in the Windows 11 Start Menu for good.

Remove the Recommended Section 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 be removing individual files and recommendations from the Start Menu. So without further ado, let’s get started.

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 the ‘Recommended’ Section 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 the ‘Recommended’ Section 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.

4 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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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