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

    Start Menu Most Used Apps - Add or Remove 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 Must 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
    • Option Three: To Add or Remove Most used on Start Menu using a REG file



    EXAMPLE:'Most used' programs group on Start Menu
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    Start Menu Most Used Apps - Add or Remove in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Start Menu Most Used Apps - Add or Remove 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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    Start Menu Most Used Apps - Add or Remove in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Start Menu Most Used Apps - Add or Remove 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 the Settings app, and click/tap on Personalization.

    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)

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    3. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.






    Start Menu Most Used Apps - Add or Remove in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Start Menu Most Used Apps - Add or Remove in Windows 10
    To Add or Remove Most used on Start Menu using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below are to change the registry key and value below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    Start_TrackProgs DWORD

    0 = Turn off
    1 = Turn on


    1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Add Most used to Start Menu

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

    Turn_On_Most_used_apps_in_Start_menu.reg

    download

     3. To Remove Most used from Start Menu

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

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

    7. Sign out and sign in to apply.

    8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 46
    Windows 11
       2015-07-31 #1

    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; 2015-07-31 at 14:59.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,466
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-07-31 #2

    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. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 46
    Windows 11
       2015-07-31 #3

    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. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,466
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-07-31 #4

    If you use it often enough, it should eventually reappear, but I can't verify that yet.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3
    Win 10 Pro
       2015-07-31 #5

    Brink said: 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. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,466
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-07-31 #6

    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. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3
    Win 10 Pro
       2015-08-01 #7

    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. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,466
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-08-01 #8

    I'll keep an eye out for a way though.
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  9. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3
    Win 10 Pro
       2015-08-01 #9

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