How to Remove Recently Added Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10

This blog post explains how you can remove recently added apps from start menu in Windows 10. The Recently added list on your Start menu shows the list of recently installed applications. In case you do not want to show users about the recent installed applications list. In this post, you will learn to prevent the Start Menu from displaying a list of recently installed applications.

By default In Windows 10 Start menu, you will see recently added applications at the top of the app list that is recently installed.

How to Remove Recently Added Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10
How to Remove Recently Added Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10

Remove Recently Added Apps From Start Menu In Windows Settings

  • In Windows 10 device, Select the Start button, and then select Settings. Click Personalization.
How to Remove Recently Added Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10
How to Remove Recently Added Apps list from Start Menu in Windows 10
  • In Personalization, click on Start. Click the switch Show Recently Added Apps to turn it Off.
How to Remove Recently Added Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10
How to Remove Recently Added Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10

Remove Recently Added Apps from Start Menu Using Group Policy

To remove recently added apps list from start menu, follow the steps below

You must be logged in as an Administrator on the computer.

  • In Windows 10 device, click Start type gpedit.msc in search to run the Local Group Policy Editor.
  • Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar. Double click on the Remove “Recently added” list from Start Menu policy to edit it.
How to Remove Recently Added Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10
How to Remove Recently Added Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10
  • Select Enabled, click Apply and OK.

If this policy is enabled, the Start Menu will no longer display the “Recently added” list.

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How to Remove Recently Added Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10
  • Close the Local Group Policy Editor. You need to sign out and sign in, or restart the device to take effect immediately.

Remove Recently Added Apps from Start Menu Using Registry

To add or import a registry value follow these steps:

  • Open Notepad, Copy and paste the registry value below into the text editor.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"HideRecentlyAddedApps"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"HideRecentlyAddedApps"=dword:00000001
  • It will look like in the following syntax, when you see the file.
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How to Remove Recently Added Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10
  • In the File menu, Select Save As and click Browse to your preferred folder or location. In the File name box provide the appropriate name “FileName.reg” with .reg extension and Choose Save as type “All” from drop-down list. Click Save.
  • The registry file will appear on your saved location. To start the execution, Double click or Right click and select Merge option on the saved .reg file content to merge into the local registry.
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How to Remove Recently Added Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10
  • A warning box with the following messages prompted, Click Yes to continue.
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How to Remove Recently Added Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10
  • Once Information in path of .reg file has been successfully entered into the registry below prompt will be appear. Click OK.
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How to Remove Recently Added Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10

End User Experience

Once you complete the steps, the list of recently installed applications will no longer appear in the Start menu.

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How to Remove Recently Added Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10

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