By default, the new Windows 11 Start menu displays recommendations. However, if you are not interested in this new feature, you can very easily disable them. In this article, we will see together How to disable recommendations in the Windows 11 Start menu. Follow the guide!


  1. What’s new in the new Start menu?
  • How to disable recommendations in the Windows 11 Start menu

What’s new in the new Start menu?

The new Start menu in Windows 11 is one of the biggest visual changes in Microsoft’s latest operating system. And the good news is that it is fully customizable.

The very first thing you notice is the central position of the new Start menu and its new logo. Indeed, the Start menu of Windows 11 is now centered on the taskbar instead of being placed in the lower left corner.

The Start menu in Windows 11 now features rounded corners that soften the interface. This is also the case for all other windows, whether it’s File Explorer or any other application.

At the very top of this new Start menu, you have a banner that allows you to search (file, folder, application, etc.). Then, underneath, you can see a section called “Pinned” which displays the applications that you pin to be able to return to them more quickly.

In addition, you also have a button “All applications“. As its name suggests, it allows you to open the list of all the applications installed on your computer. They are arranged in alphabetical order for ease of use.

Finally, a little further down, we notice a section “Our recommendations“. This section displays your recent files and newly installed applications. The operating system itself is responsible for displaying these suggestions. By the way, if you are not interested in this feature, you can quickly prevent the Start menu from displaying recommendations.

In the rest of this article, I will explain how to disable the “Our recommendations” section in the Windows 11 Start menu.

How to disable recommendations in the Windows 11 Start menu

To remove items from the “Our Recommendations” section of the Windows 11 Start menu, do the following:

  1. Open the Windows 11 settings. To do this, right-click on the Start menu, and click on “Settings“. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Windows + I.

2. Then click on “Customize” in the left pane, and then on “Start” on the right.

3. Finally, turn off the switch next to “Show recently opened items in Home, Shortcut Lists and File Explorer“.

That’s it, you’ve just removed the recommendations from the Start menu. However, note that the “Our Recommendations” section has not completely disappeared. It will still be displayed.

However, no more suggestions will be displayed.

Indeed, it is currently impossible to completely remove the “Our recommendations” section to save more space.

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