How to remove Recommended in Windows 11

The Recommended section in Windows 11 has been developed with user convenience in mind, as it displays recently used or opened files, applications, and folders. Unfortunately, the feature often causes privacy concerns because anyone who opens the Start menu can see the user’s most recently used items. Moreover, it takes up space that can be used for installed applications.

If you don’t like the recommended new Windows 11 feature and want to get rid of it, we’re here to help. Read this guide to learn three ways to remove recommended items from the Start menu and get answers to frequently asked questions about this feature.

How to remove Recommended in Windows 11

The easiest way to get rid of the recommended section of the Start Menu in Windows 11 is via Settings. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Use the keyboard shortcut “Win + I” to open Settings. Alternatively, search for “Settings” in the Start menu.
  2. Select “Personalization” from the left sidebar.
  3. Click “Start”.
  4. Toggle the toggle next to “Show recently opened items in start menus, jump menus, and file explorer”. You can also disable “Show most used apps” and “Show recently added apps”.

Note: Disabling Recently Opened Items will also remove your favorite web pages from the taskbar.

How to remove Recommended in Windows 11 Dev Build

If you are using a Windows 11 Dev Build released after December 1, 2021, you can shrink the recommended partition to one row by changing the layout. This way, you will not get rid of the recommended partition completely but you will get more space for your installed applications. Follow these instructions:

  1. Open the settings menu with the shortcut “Win + I”.
  2. Go to Personalization from the left sidebar.
  3. Select “Start”.
  4. You will see three layouts available for the desktop. Select the “More Pins” option.
  5. Open the start menu and add more pins if you wish. You will notice that the recommended section has been reduced to one row.

If you don’t like the new layout and want to go back to the default layout, follow the steps below:

  1. Access the settings using the keyboard shortcut “Win + I”.
  2. Click “Customize” in the left sidebar, then “Start”.
  3. Select “Default” under “Format”. Alternatively, you can select “More recommendations” if you change your mind about the feature.

How to remove Recommended in Windows 11 via Start Menu

Another way to get rid of recommended apps and files is to remove them individually directly via the Start Menu. This method is best for users who do not want to remove the entire section but want to control the items displayed in it. Follow the following steps:

  1. Click the “Start” button. in the lower left corner to access the Start menu. Alternatively, press the “Win” key on your keyboard.
  2. You will see icons for installed and recommended items. Right-click on the recommended item that you want to remove.
  3. Select “Remove from list” from the dropdown menu.

Note: Although the removed item will no longer be visible in the Start menu, other items may replace it. If you have a lot of items, you can view them all by clicking “More” in the upper right corner of the menu.

questions and answers

Read this section to learn more about the recommended Windows 11 feature.

What exactly is the recommended feature in Windows 11, and what is its purpose?

Some Windows 11 users are confused as to how items get into the recommended section of the Start menu. The answer is straightforward – any application, file or folder you open automatically gets into the recommended list and instantly gets into the recommended list. Some files and apps may also get into the partition because you use them more frequently than others. The purpose of this feature is to facilitate quick access to recent and popular items, and to improve the user experience. In an ideal world, this feature would be very convenient, but in reality it often causes privacy concerns, especially among office workers.

Can you change the Start Menu layout in the regular version of Windows 11?

If you are concerned about the recommended section taking up too much space rather than privacy, you may want to change the layout of the Start menu. Unfortunately, the option is currently only available in Windows 11 Dev Build. Let’s hope Microsoft developers add the setting to the regular version of Windows 11 sometime soon. Meanwhile, you can use third-party software to customize Start Menu layout in Windows 11 but be careful not to install malware.

Customize the Start Menu

We hope that our guide helped you get rid of the recommended section in Windows 11 and make the layout of the Start menu more convenient and attractive. Unfortunately, neither method was perfect. Removing the recommended section via Settings affects favorite websites in the taskbar, removing items one by one is cumbersome, and changing the layout is only available in Dev Build. The good news is that Microsoft is still fine-tuning Windows 11, so let’s hope we gain more control over the Start menu in the future.

Why don’t you like the recommended feature, and what do you want to change? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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