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How to Enable or Disable Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10


The Recently added list on your Start menu shows the latest new desktop apps and Windows apps installed.

Starting with Windows 10 build 17083, you can prevent the Start Menu from displaying a list of recently installed apps.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to show the Recently added apps list on the Start Menu for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable the "Recently added" list on the Start Menu.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Enable or Disable "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu for All Users using a REG file


EXAMPLE: "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu
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Enable or Disable Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10
Enable or Disable "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two below.

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar. (see screenshot below)

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3. In the right pane of Start Menu and Taskbar, double click/tap on the Remove "Recently added" list from Start Menu policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu for All Users

A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu for All Users

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.

8. You can either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.






Enable or Disable Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10
Enable or Disable "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu for All Users using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

HideRecentlyAddedApps DWORD

(delete) = Enable
1 = Disable


1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu for All Users

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_Recently_added_apps_list_on_Start_Menu.reg

download


 3. To Disable "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_Recently_added_apps_list_on_Start_Menu.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. You can either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn