Windows 11 generated a lot of interest and discussion prior to its official launch later this year. There’s a lot to love in the latest iteration of Windows from Microsoft, but as always, there are also things that irritate users.
The revamped Start Menu has proven controversial and controversial for a number of reasons, not least due to the fact that it is centered by default (although this can be changed). But another thing that has pissed off some people is the inclusion of a recommended area in the lower half of the Start menu. At the moment it is used to highlight recently used files and recently installed apps, but some people fear that it will be used by Microsoft to spam users with other recommendations. If you don’t like it, here’s how to turn it off.
The good news here is that getting rid of the recommended panel is very easy. There’s no need to edit the registry or do anything complicated – tweaking a few options in Settings is a simple matter. If you change your mind, you can easily re-enable the panel by reversing the steps.
Here’s what you need to do to hide the recommended section from the Windows 11 Start menu:
- Open the settings by pressing the button Windows key + I (or you can right-click the Start button and select settings)
- Switch to the personalization section
- Turn the View recently added apps, View the most frequently used apps, and Show recently opened items in Home Jump List and File Explorer Settings for the the end Position.
No reboot is required as the changes will take effect immediately, but there is nothing that can be done to remove the recommended heading or use the space now available. This may change with future updates to Windows 11.