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    Add or Remove Most Used Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10

    Add or Remove Most Used Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Most Used apps on Start Menu in Windows 10
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    How to Add or Remove Most Used apps on Start Menu in Windows 10

    information   Information
    The Most used group on your Start menu will store and display your recently opened apps.

    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14328, the most used apps list and the All apps list have been merged into a single view and elevated it to the top level of the UI to reduce clicking and scrolling.

    This tutorial will show you how to remove apps from the Most used list, and how to completely turn on or off the Most used group on your Start menu in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    Most used will show a limit of up to 6 apps listed.

    warning   Warning
    If you turn off "Show most used apps", it will also turn off the suggestion history for the Run (Win+R) command dialog.

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    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Remove App from Most used List in Start Menu
    • Option Two: To Add or Remove Most used on Start Menu in Settings


    EXAMPLE:'Most used' programs group on Start Menu
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    Add or Remove Most Used Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Add or Remove Most Used Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10
    To Remove App from Most used List in Start Menu

    Note   Note
    This option will let you remove an app from Most used list on your Start menu. Most used will then show another previous recently opened app in it's place.


    1. Open your Start menu.

    2. Right click or press and hold on a listed program under Most used, and click/tap on Don't show in this list. (see screenshot below)

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    Add or Remove Most Used Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Add or Remove Most Used Apps from Start Menu in Windows 10
    To Add or Remove Most used on Start Menu in Settings

    Note   Note
    This option will let you completely add or remove the Most used group on your Start menu.


    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

    2. Click/tap on Start on the left side, and turn on (add - default) or off (remove) Show most used apps on the right side. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If the Show most used apps setting is grayed out, then you will need to turn on Let Windows track app launches to improve Start and search results.



    3. You can now close Settings if you like.

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    31 Jul 2015 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 60
    Windows 11

    Is there any way to quickly clear the list, as there was in Windows 7 (by unchecking "Store and display recently opened...", clicking apply, then checking it again), or do I have to manually go through and remove each item (i.e. all of the defaults)?
    Last edited by Michael; 31 Jul 2015 at 14:59.
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  2.    31 Jul 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17046
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    Hello Michael,

    I'll look into how to clear the "Most used" list, and will post back if I find anything.
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  3.    31 Jul 2015 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 60
    Windows 11

    Thanks, Brink!

    Also wondering, is there some way to allow an item that's been flagged for exclusion to appear in the list again?
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  4.    31 Jul 2015 #4
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    If you use it often enough, it should eventually reappear, but I can't verify that yet.
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  5.    31 Jul 2015 #5
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Win 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    If you use it often enough, it should eventually reappear, but I can't verify that yet.
    It doesn't reappear :-( I am still looking for some solution. I hid some apps right after fresh instalation and now I realised I can't reset it. I hope I will do not have to make new account because of it.
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  6.    31 Jul 2015 #6
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    If you like, you could also "Pin to Start" or "Pin to taskbar" the app for now if you use it that often.
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  7.    01 Aug 2015 #7
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3
    Win 10 Pro

    Yeah, it's no problem :-) I just want to use start menu as it was from fresh install. I like original idea and I messed up.
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  8.    01 Aug 2015 #8
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    I'll keep an eye out for a way though.
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  9.    01 Aug 2015 #9
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Win 10 Pro

    Alright, thank you ;-). Appreciate your fast responds.
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