Hide Recently Opened Files Folders from Start File Explorer in Windows 11

Let’s learn to hide recently opened files in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer in Windows 11. Jump List is a feature available across the taskbar, Start menu, and File Explorer, allowing users to quickly jump to recently opened files, documents, frequent folders. It is most useful for many users as the list of the files that you have used or opened recently can be accessed quickly.

These items appear under Recommended in jump lists on the Start menu and Recent, Frequent under File Explorer. Jump Lists can be useful, and they can be a privacy concern for some users as the list can quickly reveal recent activities to anyone who right-clicks on web apps or File Explorer.

Windows 11 includes a new start menu with an updated start button displaying your recent files and folders and recommending apps. The new taskbar options allow users do a lot of activities easier. You can customize the start bar near the power button Choose Windows 11 Folders to Appear on Start next to the Power Button How to Customize

Hide Recently Opened Files Folders from Start File Explorer

Let’s follow the below steps to disable Recent Items and Frequent Places for current users –

  • In Windows 11 device, Select the Start button, and then select Settings.

Press the Windows + I keyboard shortcut to directly open Windows Settings.

  • In Settings, Select Personalization, click on Start on the right side.
Personalization Start - Windows 11
Personalization Start – Windows 11

Toggle the switch to turn On or Off Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer. By default, this option is set to turn On.

Hide Recently Opened Files Folders from Start File Explorer in Windows 11
Hide Recently Opened Files Folders from Start File Explorer in Windows 11

Once you complete the steps, Recent Items, Frequent Places in Jump Lists for the Start menu, taskbar, and File Explorer will no longer appear.

Results – End Users Experience

Once you completed the above steps, Toggle for Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer set to Off. Click on the start button. Under Recommended, click More.

Hide Recently Opened Files Folders from Start File Explorer in Windows 11 1

Here you can see all recent files, folders in the Start menu have been removed.

Hide Recently Opened Files Folders from Start File Explorer in Windows 11
Hide Recently Opened Files Folders from Start File Explorer in Windows 11

Similarly, When you right-click on File Explorer, It won’t show you frequent or recent items.

Hide Recently Opened Files Folders from Start File Explorer in Windows 11
Hide Recently Opened Files Folders from Start File Explorer in Windows 11

If the option is set to turn On, you will access recent files, documents from Start Menu.

Hide Recently Opened Files Folders from Start File Explorer in Windows 11
Hide Recently Opened Files Folders from Start File Explorer in Windows 11

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