Remove Most Used list from the Start Menu in Windows 10

Windows 10 Start offers you several customization options. It has a new look and several new features to enrich your Windows experience. It displays Live Tiles and more! It even displays a list of your Most used files, folders and applications for convenience, knowing that you might want to use these again and again. For privacy purposes, some of you may not want to display these item. Let us see how you can remove the Most Used list from the Windows 10 Start Menu – totally or select items only. We will also see how you can add your favorite places here.

Remove Most Used list from Windows 10 Start Menu


Open the Settings app and click on Personalization and then Start.

Under Customize list, you will see Store and display recently opened programs in Start. Toggle the switch to the Off position.

Now open Start Menu and you will an empty space.

Add folders and items to Windows 10 Start

If you wish, you can add some of  the folders and places you frequently visit here, to fill up this empty space. To do so you will have enter the customize Start Menu list.

Click on the Customize list link to open the following settings panel. You can refer the above image. This lets you customize which places to link to, in your Windows 10 Start quick links section.


Here you can add important items like Settings, Documents, Download folder, etc, to fill in the created gap. Select the once you want by toggling the switch and you will see them appear in your Start.

Hide particular program from Most used list

If you want to hide only select or particular programs in the Most Used list, then you can simply right-click on that item and click on Don’t show in this list.

Hope this helps!

Go here if you want to hide Recently added apps group in Windows 10 Start Menu.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Windows 10 user

    Thanks for the tutorial on removing items from the “Most Used” section of the start menu. My issue is that none of the apps listed are programs I have ever used. The ones I use most like Outlook, Word, Excel, Publisher, or even Chrome are not listed. How do you add items to “Most Used”? I successfully removed never used programs by selecting “don’t show in this list”. To my disappointment “Most Used” section is now empty and no way to fill it??

  2. G. Mo Pro

    So i want to replace that Most Used section with my favorite apps. how do i do this? All the apps listed in Most used are not my most used apps. I want to see my favorite apps listed, not just in the boxes.

  3. MitchBurns09

    Whenever I type in Tixati in the start menu recent items always come up underneath even after turning the setting off and cleaning up how do I get ride of this

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