Is there a way to ditch the "Recommended" section of the Start screen?

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When clicking on Start, the upper half of the Start screen shows pinned apps, the lower half shows "Recommended". Does anyone know of a way to get rid of this recommended section or at the very least clear all contents without halving to remove them one by one?
 

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Hello mate, :)

Turning off "Show recently added apps" and "Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer" below should leave the Recommended section empty.

I'm not aware of a way to completely remove the Recommended section yet.

 

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Thanks, Brink. That's odd that I didn't notice those options previously. I wonder if that was something added during newer builds or if I was merely blind and missed it.

In any case, thanks for pointing me to that. That's good enough. It gets me 95% of the way there :).
 

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Hello mate, :)

Turning off "Show recently added apps" and "Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer" below should leave the Recommended section empty.

I'm not aware of a way to completely remove the Recommended section yet.

The real PITA is you get a patronising message saying you can turn them back on in settings. Dohhh if I turned them off, then I know I can turn them on again!

What is absolutely unacceptable is that the space for recommendations is not freed up if you do not want it, so at least you can have more icons at least with this travesty of a start menu.
 

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Hopefully, an option to completely remove the Recommended section will be available one day.
 

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Agreed. That space could be put to much better use by allowing the pinning of more apps, at least that would be my personal preference. Maybe in the 22H1 release :).
 

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Hopefully, an option to completely remove the Recommended section will be available one day.

And it will use that real estate for pinned apps instead of a blank space!
 

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Or...it could be filled with an ad that freezes your explorer with no way of turning it off.

That's a thing, isn't it?
 

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...it could be filled with an ad that freezes your explorer with no way of turning it off.
That would be downright stupid! I wouldn't put it past them though! :p
Don't give em any ideas!!! :censored:
 

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I agree about the wasted space.

It makes me scratch my head how Microsoft manage to get things so wrong when making decisions on the start menus in recent operating systems. For some reason, I always seem to get images in my head of them sitting around sharing a pipe when deciding on these things. :dizzy:

No wonder that third party start menus have been so popular in recent years.
 

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I remember when Windows 8 was about to come out, it was rumored that there would be a Store on the PC...,
and I thought, Are you nuts! MS is not gonna open a Store on my PC!!! :cool:

(It's only gonna get worse!!!)
 

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Hello mate, :)

Turning off "Show recently added apps" and "Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer" below should leave the Recommended section empty.

I'm not aware of a way to completely remove the Recommended section yet.

Even better would be separate selection toggles for each of Start, Jump Lists (on pinned taskbar items) and File Explorer. I like and frequently use jump lists from the task bar, and have no need of the other two. I've suggested this in feedback hub a while ago, so there is always hope.
 

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I posted about this also, not long after the first developer build... it seems ridiculous to have half the start menu space wasted, but they seem to have no intention of changing it.

*edit* I've also sent a message about it through the feedback hub (which probably went straight to a recycle bin)... but maybe if enough send feedback they will improve it at some point.
 

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I wonder which future numbered version of Windows will allow zero customization to 'their' computers.
 

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Agreed. That space could be put to much better use by allowing the pinning of more apps, at least that would be my personal preference. Maybe in the 22H1 release :).


Works in Win 10 and Win 11

Go to this location in registry... HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
Create a new 32-Bit DWORD value DisableSearchBoxSuggestions
Set it's value to 1.


Source: How to disable web search in Windows 10 taskbar



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    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    (onboard) Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    LG GH22LS30 CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 Full Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security 2020
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot®
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

RFS

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Agreed. That space could be put to much better use by allowing the pinning of more apps, at least that would be my personal preference. Maybe in the 22H1 release :).
Maybe a bit longer than that as W11 only has annual features, so it would be 22H2.
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self-build
    CPU
    Intel I3-8100
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z370 D3
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 SSD 256 Gb
    Seagate 2 Tb HDD
    PSU
    ATX 450W
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    150 Mb FTTP
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
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