How to Turn Off Start Menu Recommended Stuff in Windows 11

Windows 11 introduced many new things, some of which we liked and some of which we did not like. Everyone will have a different opinion about the different parts of the operating system, but one component you might not like is the new Start menu. Windows 11 has replaced Live Tiles with simple icons, but perhaps most importantly, now a Recommended section on the Start menu is taking up half the space.

This recommended section mostly covers two things: recently created/downloaded files and recently installed apps. It aims to make relevant content more easily accessible, but it can also make sensitive information easier to find. Or maybe you just don’t need that kind of quick access to your latest files. So what can you do if you want to hide this recommended stuff from the Start menu in Windows 11? It’s possible, although unfortunately, it won’t give you any extra space on the Start menu. Here’s what you need to know.

How to Hide Recommended Content in the Start Menu

If you don’t want your latest files and apps to appear directly on the Start menu, you can make it so that recommended content isn’t displayed. However, this is a half-solution, because as long as the content itself is removed, you will still have the recommended section taking up space, it will just remain empty. Still, if this is what you want, here’s how to do it:

  • Open the Settings app, and select personalization From the menu on the left.
  • Click to start,
  • On this page, you’ll see three items, two of which are enabled by default. To remove all recommended content from the Start menu, make sure all three options are disabled.
    Windows 11 Settings Start Menu Personalization with All Recommended Content DisabledWindows 11 Settings Start Menu Personalization with All Recommended Content Disabled
    • note: to disable Show recently opened items in Start, Jump List and File Explorer This means you won’t even be able to see recent files in the Quick Access page in File Explorer. This also applies to jump lists, which are displayed by some apps when you right-click them on the taskbar.

This is a fairly straightforward process, although it does have some caveats. If you want to hide only a specific file or app from the Start menu instead of hiding all of its content, you can simply open the Start menu, right-click the item you want to hide, and then click remove from this list,

Reducing Recommended Section Size (Windows Insider)

As we mentioned, you can’t completely remove the Recommended section to free up space for more pinned apps, but if you’re a Windows Insider, you can shrink the Recommended section so that It can waste a little less space. This feature is going to be available to everyone eventually, so we’ll leave it below if you want to know how to do it. If you’re interested in becoming a Windows Insider to do just that, be sure to read our guide on how the Windows Insider program works.

If you have a Windows Insider PC (or have been updated to Windows 11 by the time you’re reading this), you can simply follow all of the steps above, but to start The Settings app’s page will have an option at the top that lets you choose between the default layout, showing more pinned items, or showing more recommended content.

Windows 11 Settings More Start Menu Personalization with Pin Layout Selected

Windows 11 Settings More Start Menu Personalization with Pin Layout Selected

if you choose more pins Optionally, you’ll have four rows for pinned items, and only one for recommended content. You’ll start menu will then look something like this, which is pretty neat:

Windows 11 Start Menu with More Pin Layout and Recommended Content DisabledWindows 11 Start Menu with More Pin Layout and Recommended Content Disabled

Still, there’s no way to completely remove this section, but it’s a huge improvement.

And that’s all you need to know about removing the Recommended Content section from the Start Menu in Windows 11. If you want to change other settings, check out How to Change the Default Browser in Windows 11. If you are looking for something lesser known, we also have a guide on how to enable God Mode in Windows 11.

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