You’ve just started using Windows 11 on your PC, you’re quite happy with it and you have absolutely nothing to complain about, except that in the Start menu there is a section with recommended articles, with recent apps and files, which extremely annoying and you would like to get rid of it, for reasons of personal order and privacy. However, you don’t know how to proceed.
How do you say? I have hit the heart of the matter in the round and, therefore, would you like to know if I can give you a hand on what to do? Of course yes, there would be more. Luckily for you, in fact, you’ve landed on the right tutorial, at the right time. If you give me a few minutes of your precious free time, I can actually explain it to you how to remove recommended items from windows 11 menu.
So? How about putting the talk aside and finally getting to the heart of the tutorial? I can assure you that, contrary to what you might think, you won’t have to do anything too complicated or out of your reach. Just adjust your operating system settings and you’re done. I therefore wish you a good read and above all… good work!
Before getting to the heart of the tutorial, going to indicate what are the exact steps that must be taken in order to be able remove recommended items from the windows 11 menuthere are some preliminary informationin this regard, which it seems to me a duty to provide you to allow you to have perfectly clear ideas on the matter.
I want to explain to you exactly what the recommended articles of Windows 11 are, in case you don’t know, and why it can be convenient to remove them.
Let’s start from a fixed point: the Windows 11 Start menu is rather clean, tidy, compact and modern and is divided into several sections, including the one called Recommended articles and dedicated to them, located below.
This is a section that welcomes i recently opened filesthe most used applications and what they have been last installed.
It is a set of data that is certainly very useful for those who always work on the same elements, so as to be able to access them quickly, but otherwise it can generate disorder and moreover it is rarely used, not to mention the privacy problems that could derive from it, since anyone using the computer can easily see which files have been viewed recently.
For the reasons just described, many are wondering how to be able to remove recommended items windows 11. As anticipated at the beginning, this is a feasible and also rather simple operation to implement, simply by proceeding from the section Settings of the operating system.
How to remove recommended articles Windows 11
At this point, I’d say we’re there: we can finally move on to real action and find out how to proceed, concretely, to be able to remove recommended items from the Windows 11 menu. You can decide to delete them completely or selectively. In any case, you will find all the explanations you need below.
If what interests you to do is remove recommended items from the Windows 11 menu in a manner completeor by acting on all the categories or in any case on all the elements that make them up, the first step you need to take is to click on the start button (the one with the windows flag) that you find on the application bar operating system and select the link Settings from the menu that appears.
In the window that is now displayed on the desktop, click on the item Personalization located in the left sidebar and then select the item start placed on the right.
In the now proposed screen, bring up Deactivated the switch that you find next to the following options: Show recently added apps (if deactivated, it allows you to hide the list of recently installed programs and apps from the section dedicated to recommended articles), Show most used apps (if disabled, it allows you to hide the most used programs and apps on your computer) e Show recently opened items in the Start Menu, Jump Lists, and File Explorer (if disabled, it allows you to hide the last used files in the Start menu). You can decide to disable all options or just some, according to your needs and preferences.
However, keep in mind that after doing the delete recommended articles windows 11the section of the Start menu labeled Recommended articles it will continue to be present, but will be empty.
If, on the other hand, what you want is to be able to remove the recommended items from the Windows menu in a manner selectiveor going to delete them one by one and only those of your interest, all you have to do is click on start button located on the OS taskbar and, in the menu that opens, locate the recent item to delete from the section Recommended articles.
Next, do right click with the mouse on the recent item of your interest, select the option Remove from list from the context menu that you see appear and that’s it. Repeat these steps for any recent items you want to remove.
After completing the steps above, links to the recent items you’ve chosen to act on will no longer be visible in the section Recommended articles of the Start menu, but they will continue to be in their original location. In fact, programs, apps and files will not be deleted from the system, which will continue to be accessible in their original location.
How to reset Windows 11 recommended articles
You’ve followed my instructions on how to remove recommended items from the Windows 11 menu, but now you’ve changed your mind and would like to go to restore? Yes it can, of course. To do this, click on the start button on the application bar operating system and select the link Settings from the menu shown.
In the window that is now proposed to you on the screen, click on the item Personalization located in the left sidebar and select the item start placed to the right, after which it brings up Activated the switch located next to the options Show recently added apps, Show most used apps and Show recently opened items in the Start Menu, Jump Lists, and File Explorer. Depending on your needs and preferences, you can choose to reactivate all options or just some of them.
However, keep in mind that in order to enable the option Show most used apps you also have to go to the section Privacy and security of the Settings of Windows 11, select the entry General and bring up Activated option switch Let Windows improve Start and Search results by tracking app launches. If this option is deactivated, in fact, it is not possible to enable the one that shows the most used apps in the Start menu customization.
After completing the above steps, the section Recommended articles of the Windows 11 Start menu will once again be populated by recent items, but these will be new links and not the ones you previously viewed.
Salvatore Aranzulla is the most read blogger and IT popularizer in Italy. He is known for discovering vulnerabilities in Google and Microsoft sites. He collaborates with computer magazines and takes care of the technological section of the newspaper Il Messaggero. He is the founder of Aranzulla.it, one of the thirty most visited sites in Italy, in which he simply answers thousands of computer-related questions. He has published for Mondadori and Mondadori Informatica.