From the personalization options in the Settings app, you can remove the Recently Added section in the Windows 10 Start menu. Here is how.
Whenever you install a program or add something to the Start menu folder, that application or file shortcut will appear in the Recently Added list. By default, the Recently Added section will appear at the top of the Start menu. i.e, above the general app list. For example, if you install the Chrome browser, the Google Chrome application will appear in the Recently Added list along with the general application list. Generally, the recently added list will not be more than four or five items long. Since most of us need to open the newly installed applications right away, the Recently Added list is quite useful. It eliminates the need to search for newly installed applications or their deep buried shortcuts.
Though the Recently Added list is pretty useful in a lot of situations if you want to better organize the Start menu, you can completely remove the Recently Added section or list from the Start menu.
Without further ado, let me show the steps to fully remove the Recently Added list from the Windows 10 Start menu.
Steps to Remove Recently Added List from Start Menu
You can disable the Recently Added list from the Start menu personalization page in the Settings app. Just turn off the "Show recently added apps" and you are done. Here're the exact and detailed steps on where to find the option in the Settings app.
- First, open the Start menu.You can do that by pressing the Start key on the keyboard.
- Click on the Settings icon appearing to the left side of the Start menu.
- Click on the "Personalization" option in the Settings app.
- Now, select "Start menu" tab from the left panel.
- On the right page, turn off "Show recently added apps" option.
- Close the Settings app.
That is all. As soon as you turn off the option, the Recently Added list will be removed from the Start menu. From now on, you will no longer see the newly installed application shortcuts at the top of the Start menu's app list. However, you can still access the install applications by searching for them in the Start menu or by going through the application list in the Start menu.
If you are still seeing the Recent Apps list, the changes might not be applied to the Start menu. In those cases, either restart explorer or restart the system to apply the changes. To restart the system, right-click on the Start menu and select the "Shut down → Restart" option.
If you ever want to enable the Recently Added list, simply follow the same steps but turn on the "Show recently added apps" option in step 5. Once you do that, the list should appear in the Start menu immediately.
That is all. I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.