Windows 10: Remove Items from the Start Menu Most Used List

The Most Used list in Windows 10 Start menu is convenient, but you might want to remove default items and add places, or remove the list completely.

Windows 10 is officially being launched on July 29th, and with it, comes the return of the Start menu. While it’s not exactly the same as what you’re used to in Windows 7, it’s one of the more anticipated features for a lot of users, and is very customizable.

One of the default features is a “Most used” list for quick access to apps that you use frequently. However, you might want to remove default items and add different apps or places, or remove the list completely.

Remove Most Used from Windows 10 Start Menu

To remove an item, simply right-click on it and select Don’t show in this list.

Windows 10 Start menu

You can also remove the entire list if you want. To do that, go to Settings > Personalization > Start and under the Customize list turn off Store and display recently opened programs in Start.

However, you will notice that it looks rather odd with the empty section of space there.

But you can replace that space by adding “Places” that you go to frequently.

To add Places to the Start menu, head to Settings > Personalization > Start and select the Customize list hyperlink.

Then add any or all places from the Customize List by flipping the switch on.

When you start adding several places, they take the place of items on the “Most used” list.

In the shot below you see a smiley face next to each place, no worries, they will be gone by the final build. They are there now for sending Microsoft feedback on whether you like the feature or not.

This I just one of the interesting things you can do with the Start menu in Windows 10. I have to admit, I’ve never been much of a Start menu user, but in Windows 10, it has improved so much, that I find myself actually enjoying it.

We’ll have more cool tips and tricks for the Start menu in the near future. If you want to continue this or any other Windows 10 discussion, make sure to join our free Windows 10 Forums!



  1. Randy  

    Thanks! This was really useful because everyone is different and the start menu will always be controversial due to this fact. If this area can be customized the customer will be more satisfied. I think the NEW START is the difference between success and failure.

  2. John Reynolds  

    What if I want to reset it? To be able to see again a program that I removed?

  3. Nuno  


    If I remove “Acrobat” or “Word” or whatever from the most used list, how can I put it back?



  4. JHS  

    Thanks (sort of). I am so sick of programmers making life miserable because they make your computer do what they think you want it to do. So stupid. Why not default to all programs in start menu? Half an hour wasted just undoing this jackassery.

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