How to hide recently used items in “Recommended” of the Windows 11 Start menu and how to reduce the display area of recommended can be operated by right-clicking the start menu. The icon can be deleted from “Delete from list” in the right-click menu. This page introduces how to hide and remove “Recommended” in Start.
For other customization settings for the Start menu, see the page below.
1. Launch the Start Menu Settings
If you right-click anywhere on the Start menu, you will see “Start Settings”.
Click “Start Settings” to display the start settings.
- Open the start menu and click “Settings”
- Click “Personal settings” in the setting item
- Click Start in Personalization to display Start Menu settings
2. Reduce the recommended display area of the start menu
By reducing the recommended display area, you can display more icons pinned to the start menu. Here’s how to pin it to the start menu. You can reduce the recommended display area by clicking and selecting “Show more pins” in the Start menu settings.
- View recently added apps
- Show frequently used apps
- Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists and File Explorer
“Jump List” and “File Explorer” descriptions for recently opened items
If “Show recently opened items in Start, Jump List and File Explorer” is set to “Off (Hide)”, the following items will also be hidden.
What is the Recent Items Jump List?
Recently used items displayed in the right-click menu such as the application icon on the taskbar
What is File Explorer in Recent Items?
Recently used files are displayed in “Recent Items” on Explorer’s home screen.
*This completes the setting to hide recommended items in the start menu.
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