The all-new Start menu is one of the first things that you notice upon upgrading to Windows 11. The new Start menu gets back the search bar and gets rid of the live tiles.
The Start menu has a section called Recommended, which displays recently opened files and newly installed apps. While the number of recently viewed files and installed apps vary depending on the screen size, many users find it helpful to quickly view recently opened files without opening the File Explorer Quick Access.
That said, there are users who do not want to show recently viewed files and newly installed apps on the Start menu. If you are one of them, you are in luck as Windows 11 has a provision to turn off the Recommended section of the Start menu. Here is how to do that.
Remove the “Recommended? section from Start menu in Windows 11
Step 1: Open the Settings app either using the search or Windows logo + I keyboard shortcut.
Step 2: In the left pane of the Settings app, you will see a list of categories. Click on Personalization.
Step 3: On the right side, click on Start to see Start menu settings.
Step 4: Finally, turn off Show recently added apps and Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer options.
As you might have noticed, when you configure Windows 11 not to show recently opened files in the Start menu, it will not show them in the File Explorer Quick Access as well.
Can you completely remove the Recommended section from Windows 11 Start?
When the Show recently added apps and Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer options are turned off, recent files and new apps do not appear in the Recommended section. However, the Recommended section continues to appear (but does not display anything) for some reason.
There is no option yet to remove the Recommended section completely. As you can see in the picture below, it shows “To show your recent files and new apps, turn them on in Start Settings” message.
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