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. Although Windows 11 does provide an option not to show anything in the Recommended section, there is no option to hide the “Recommended” text. Luckily, there is a third-party tool out there to help users completely remove the Recommended section from the Windows 11 Start menu. Here is how to use it to hide and remove Recommended section from the Start menu.
Completely remove Recommended section from Start menu in Windows 11
Step 1: Visit this page of GitHub and download the ExplorerPatcher software. Edge and other browsers might warn you against downloading this new software but it’s safe.
Step 2: Next, run the downloaded ExplorerPatcher to install the same. You will not see any setup screen. The taskbar and Start menu might disappear for a few seconds.
Step 3: Once installed, the taskbar and Start might look like the one in Windows 10 or might look different from the default. Worry not. You need to change a couple of settings. To do that, perform a right-click on the taskbar and then click Properties (refer to the picture below) to open TaskbarPatcher Properties dialog.
Step 4: Here, in the left pane, select Taskbar. On the right side, ensure Windows 11 style taskbar is selected.
Step 5: Next, click the Start menu on the left pane. On the right side, select the Disable the “Recommended” option. On the same page, change the maximum number of frequent apps to show on the Start menu to “Unlimited” (refer to the picture below) if you wish to see only apps on the Start menu.
Step 6: Finally, click on the Restart File Explorer link (located bottom left) to restart the Windows Explorer. That’s it! The Start menu will not show the Recommended section from now on. You can now pin as many apps you want to the Start menu.
Hide apps and files from the Recommended section of the 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.
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). If you wish to remove the Recommended text along with the section, please use the ExplorerPatcher software mentioned above.
Pero Peri? says
what the fuck should i do with fucking github????
there are hundreds of files in some c++ project and no exe?!?!?
what am i suppose to download??
am i suppose to compile the shit myself???
Windows 11 is one step closer to pushing me to go LINUX!!!
Disapointed in Win11 says
This is another site that explains how to not use it, not how to get ride of it (as in: not there in the menu)
Retro Tull says
Okay, so we are back to 2010 with Chrome and its minimalist design… and also the recommended section that embarrassed many who were on ‘websites’ or using mp4 files and sharing their screens in teleconferences. Recommend many holding off from Windows 11 until someone stops playing games with the entire user community and comes up with basic UI’s that don’t look like a 2012 Macbook using Chrome.
How come every build of Windows 11 looks 99 % like the build before.
The only build that was more than 99 % different was the 21996.1 Build
Which had the older Apps Easy Default section and older Settings section.
You would think that someone might come up with a build that was more
useful with the icon layout on the start menu or one that didn’t have the
Recent Files Section altogether.
Click Bait much?
The section is still there, it’s just empty. Misleading title.
Stupidity from Microsoft to force this on us why can’t they make intuitive start menus? Windows 10 Start menu was a disaster for years… and now… the give me this huge start menu and half of it is wasted real estate…