How to Remove Recent Files and Folders from Windows 11’s Start Menu?

Windows 11 comes with various changes compared to Windows 10 or any other previous operating system version. You need TPM 2.0, and Secure Boot enabled on your BIOS/UEFI to install Windows 11 OS on your PC. Even though your PC does not feature TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot, don’t worry! You can easily bypass TPM 2.0 and Secure boot and install your Windows 11 on an old Windows machine and Macintosh.

Every Windows user has probably noticed that a history of all previous locations and URLs is shown to them every time they click the “down” arrow or start typing in File Explorer’s address bar field. For certain people, this can cause privacy or security issues. You can remove all URLs by doing it through the Registry Editor. 

Fortunately, if you do not like seeing your recently opened files on the Start menu every time you open it, you can configure the Start menu not to show recent files. When you remove recent files from the Start menu, space will not utilize to show pinned apps.

This risewindows article will show you how to remove recent files and folders from Windows 11’s Start Menu.

How do I Hide or Remove Recent Files and Folders from Windows 11’s Start Menu?

Step 1. First, click on the Start button on the taskbar of Windows 11 and then click on the Settings gear icon to open the Settings app.

Step 2. Now, click on the Personalization category in the Settings app that opens.

Step 3. Then, click the Start option on the right side of Personalization.

Step 4. Lastly, turn the toggle to Off position next to “Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer.”

After completing the above steps, close the Settings window. The next time you open the Start menu, you should no longer see your recent files in the “Recommended” section.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be informative to you.

Good luck & keep reading, guys.

Also, read Revo Uninstaller: Remove installed software and Windows 11/10 apps.

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