Remove Recently Added Apps From Start Menu In Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with a completely reworked Start menu, which combines Live Tiles introduced in Windows 8 with classic app shortcuts. It has an adaptive design and can be used on displays with various sizes and resolutions. In this article, we'll see how to remove the recently added app list from the Start menu in Windows 10.

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In Windows 10, the Start menu is completely different. It has nothing common with the its previous implementations. It is a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app which combines the list of installed apps with Live Tiles and shortcuts pinned to the right pane.

The Start menu features the 'Recently added apps' list which shows the classic and Store apps you've recently installed. See the following screenshot.

Windows 10 Recently Added Apps In Start Menu

Since Windows 10 build 14942, there is a special option in the Settings app which allows you to hide the Recently Added Apps list in the Start menu. This makes the Start menu more compact and doesn't expose which apps you've installed recently. Plenty of users may find disabling this list useful.

Windows 10 Recently Added Apps Removed From Start Menu

To remove Recently Added Apps from the Start Menu in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to Personalization - Start.
  3. Scroll down in the right area till you see the toggle option Show recently added apps.
  4. Disable the Show recently added apps option.Windows 10 Remove Recently Added Apps From Start Menu

This will remove the recently added apps list from the Start menu.


Tip: Instead of removing the app list, you might want to remove certain apps from it. Just right-click the desired item in the app list under Recently added apps and select More - Remove from this list in the context menu.Windows 10 Recently Added Apps Remove Single Item

Disable the Recently Added Apps list with Group Policy

Starting with Windows 10 Build 17083, you can disable the Recently added apps list with a Group policy. If you are running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor app to configure the feature with a GUI. Otherwise, you can apply a Registry tweak. Let's review both methods.

  1. Press Win + R keys together on your keyboard and type:
    gpedit.msc

    Press Enter.Windows 10 run gpedit

  2. Group Policy Editor will open. Go to Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Start Menu and Taskbar. Set the policy option Remove "Recently added" list from Start Menu to Enabled.Windows 10 Grup Policy Remove Recently Added Apps

Finally, if your Windows 10 edition doesn't include the Local Group Policy Editor app, apply a Registry tweak as follows.

Disable the Recently Added Apps list with a Registry tweak

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

    Tip: See how to jump to the desired Registry key with one click.

    If you do not have such a key, then just create it.

  3. Here, create a new 32-bit DWORD value HideRecentlyAddedApps. Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows, you still need to use a 32-bit DWORD as the value type.
    Set it to 1 to hide the Recently added apps group from the Start menu.Windows 10 Registry Tweak Remove Recently Added Apps
  4. To restore defaults, delete this value.
  5. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, restart Windows 10.

To save your time, you might want to download the ready-to-use Registry files.

Download Registry Files

That's it.

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6 thoughts on “Remove Recently Added Apps From Start Menu In Windows 10

  1. Sander

    This is not working on 1709 enterprise. The option is not listed in the GPO and the regkey is also ignored.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Does it include the mentioned Settings option?

      Reply
    2. jhebert

      Does not work on the 1709 for me

      Reply
  2. guest

    Policy indeed doesn’t work on Windows 10 version 1709. It has been removed, registry value has no effect, both HKLM and HKCU.
    Settings option is present and seems to be the only way to disable the ‘Recently added’ list.

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  3. Wakka

    Just checked and creating the key in HKLM works fine in 1803

    Reply
  4. blahblah

    The recently added list seems to work in “if there’s any entries in me, keep showing me regardless of user disabling me” fashion. So, disabling it in personalization > start menu doesn’t make it go away if there’s already entries in it. “Disabling it” seems to just say “don’t add new entries to the list”. So, disable it there, then manually right-click on an entry in the recently added to “clear list” which will clear it and make it all go away. From then on, no more entries will get added to it, and it will remain hidden since nothing new is getting added to it. Essentially, MS set up the recently added feature in hack fashion, causing us to bend over backwards to get rid of it.

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