How to Remove Recently Added Apps in Windows 10’s Start Menu

How to Remove Recently Added Apps in Windows 10’s Start Menu

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How to Remove Recently Added Apps in Windows 10’s Start Menu: The Start Menu is the main point of access to your applications. On Windows 10, the Start menu is an essential component, as it’s the experience you use every day to find apps, settings, and files. By default, when you open your Windows 10 Start menu, you’ll see recently added apps at the top of the app list. This section shows some of the apps you have installed most recently. If you’d like to remove that, it’s easy to change. Here’s how.

Here’s what a typical “Recently Added” section looks like at the top of the Start menu app list. It’s a small area that shows the names and icons of recently installed apps.

An example of the "Recently added" apps section at the top of the Start menu app list.

If you’d like to hide the “Recently Added” section, we’ll need to visit Windows Settings. Open Settings by clicking the “Start” Menu and selecting the “Gear” icon (or by pressing Windows+I).

In the Windows 10 Start Menu, click the "gear" icon to open Settings.

In Settings, click “Personalization.”

In Windows 10 Settings, click "Personalization."

In Personalization, click the “Start” option in the sidebar.

In Windows 10 Settings, click "Start" in the sidebar.

In the Start menu settings, find the switch labeled “Show Recently Added Apps.” Click the switch to turn it “Off.”

In Windows 10 Settings, click the "Show recently added apps" switch to turn it off.

The next time you open the Start menu, the recently added apps section at the top will be gone. You will no longer be reminded of all the apps you’ve installed recently, but you can, of course, find them in the All Apps list or by using the search box in the Start menu.

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