Remove Recommended List – Windows 11

Windows 11 allows you to either remove or turn off the Start menu suggestions depending on the version of the operating system you have.

The Start menu in Windows 11 has undergone a redesign, with Live Tiles being replaced by more conventional icons and a simpler layout. One prominent feature of the new design is the “Recommended” section, which has replaced the Timeline and provides suggestions for recently opened files and installed applications.

While the ability to reopen recently accessed files and documents may be useful for some users, it may not be desirable for others. Unfortunately, removing the “Recommended” section from the Start menu in Windows 11 is not possible, but the Settings app can be used to hide specific items from the list, which is the next best option. Additionally, the 2022 Update provides a new setting that allows you to alter the Start menu layout to display more pinned items and fewer recommendations.

This guide will provide a step-by-step explanation of how to disable the display of items in the “Recommended” section of the Start menu.


Press Win + I to open Settings.

Go to Personalization and select Start.

Turn off Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer.

This will get rid of the list of recently opened files or documents from the Recommended section.

Remove recommended files one by one

Right-click on the file or document that you want to remove.

Click on Remove from list.

The file should disappear from the Start Menu.

In addition, users who are troubled by specific files that they do not wish to appear in the Recommended section can employ a fast solution to address this problem. It should be noted that the Recommended section remains in the Start Menu, even if the Show recently opened files option is deactivated, although it will appear empty.

However, there is no need for concern as Microsoft may offer users the option to remove this section entirely in future updates. They may also allow users to use the entire Pinned section exclusively for frequently used applications. At present, there are various possibilities to explore.


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