Disable or remove most used apps from Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10 features a most used section of apps in the Start menu similar to previous versions of Windows going as far back as Windows XP. However, if you have no use for it and need to make the Start Menu more clean and simple, you may want to turn off this list. In this article, we will see how to disable and remove the most used apps from the Start menu in Windows 10.

To disable the Most Used section and hide it from the Start menu in Windows 10, you need to follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Personalization - Start
  3. Turn off the switch "Store and display recently opened programs in Start".windows 10 remove most used apps in Start

This will prevent Windows 10 from collecting information about which apps you are using most often. Those apps will not be shown in the Most Used section of the Start menu any more.
Before:windows 10 most used list enabled
After:windows 10 disable most used apps in Start

If you don't want to remove the whole list but only a single, specific app, then you should not disable the above mentioned option. Instead, you can remove the selected app from the Most Used list directly, without going to the Settings app. Right click the desired app and click "Don't show in this list" from its context menu. windows 10 most used remove app

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

2 thoughts on “Disable or remove most used apps from Windows 10 Start Menu”

  1. Hiii Sergey. Thanks a lot for this website, it’s awesome! I’m wondering… Will you make an app that will allow us to control the “Most used” app list? like “pinning” to an app.

    I just want to have Excel and Media Player classic with jump lists in the start menu and they seldom go away.

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