How to make the Start Menu in Windows 10 to stop showing recently added apps

The Start Menu from Windows 10 is one of the most customizable parts of the operating system. And that’s a good thing, considering that it’s used often, by all users. The “Recently added” apps list is a section of the Start Menu that was designed to make it easier for us to access the apps and programs we’ve just installed. However, some people might not like this feature. That’s why, in this article, we’ll show how to stop the Start Menu in Windows 10 from showing an app in the “Recently added” list, how to clear the list with all the “Recently added” apps and how to disable this list forever. Let’s start:

NOTE: The screenshots used in this article are from Windows 10 with Anniversary Update. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available for free, to all Windows 10 users, as of August 2nd, 2016.

What is the “Recently added” list from the Windows 10 Start Menu

By default, the Start Menu from Windows 10 shows a list of “Recently added” apps. And that’s exactly what it is: a simple list with the apps and programs that you’ve recently installed on your Windows 10 PC or device. This is what it looks like:

By default, the “Recently added” list shows the latest three apps you’ve installed. However, at the end of the list, there’s a button called Expand which, when pressed, shows you more apps that were recently installed.

Although it can be useful, some people might not want to see a certain app in this list, or may even want to disable the list completely. Here’s how to do both these things:

How to remove an app from the “Recently added” list

Launch the Start Menu and, in the “Recently added” list, find the app that you want to remove from the list. Let’s say, for instance, that you just installed the Skype Preview app, but you don’t want to see it displayed in the “Recently added” list from the Start Menu.

To remove the app from the “Recently added” list, right click or tap and hold on the app’s name, then click or tap on More and, finally, click or tap on “Remove from this list”.

The app will be immediately removed from the list, although the list will still be populated with other recently installed apps.

Let’s see now how to clear the entire “Recently added” list, so that there’s no app shown in it.

How to remove all the apps from the “Recently added” list

Open the Start Menu and, in the “Recently added” list, right click or tap on any of the apps that are shown. Then, click or tap on More and on “Clear list”.

The “Recently added” list will be immediately cleared of all its contents and will disappear from the Start Menu. However, once you install a new app or program on your Windows 10 PC or device, the list will show once again on your Start Menu.

In case you don’t want the “Recently added” list at all, you can also disable it completely. Read the next section of this guide to see how.

How to completely disable the “Recently added” list from the Start Menu

To remove the “Recently added” list from the Start Menu completely, you will have to enter Settings. A quick way to do that is to click or tap on its shortcut from the Start Menu.

In the Settings app, click or tap on Personalization.

On the left side of the window, click or tap on Start.

Then, finally, on the right side of the window, set the switch that says “Show recently added apps" to Off.

Without any further notice, the “Recently added” list from the Start Menu will disappear. It will not be displayed ever again, unless you set this switch to On.

Conclusion

As you’ve seen, personalizing the “Recently apps” list from the Start Menu in Windows 10 is easy. With just a few clicks and taps here and there, you can either remove individual apps from the list, clear the entire list, or even disable the list completely. How do you prefer your Start Menu in Windows 10? With, or without the “Recently added” apps list? Tell us in the comments below.