A More Private Start Menu

Written by Eric Wyatt (last updated August 5, 2019)

The Windows 10 Start menu has been a welcome return, after its brief disappearance in Windows 8. However, with the return of the Start menu, Microsoft included some changes concerning how it looks and what it does, such as the inclusion of tiles. One item included by default in the Start menu is a list of the most-used apps on the system. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The most-used applications are shown in the Start menu.

While this can help you access these applications very quickly, you may wish for a bit of privacy from any potentially prying eyes. Fortunately, Windows 10 offers a very easy method of removing this list from your Start menu. Follow these quick steps to hide your most-used apps:

  1. Press the Windows key and type (without quotes) "Personalization," then press Enter. Windows displays the Personalization settings of the Settings dialog box.
  2. In the left-side pane of the dialog box click on Start. Windows shows the Start settings of the Personalization section of the Settings dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  3. Figure 2. The Start settings of the Personalization section of the Settings dialog box.

  4. Under Show Most Used Apps, click the toggle to turn it off.
  5. Close the Settings dialog box. Windows applies your setting automatically.

Now, any potentially prying eyes will not see your most-used apps if they happen to gain access to your computer. You can always turn this feature back on by simply repeating the steps above and turning the toggle to the "On" position in step 3.

 This tip (13658) applies to Windows 10.

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Eric Wyatt

Eric Wyatt is a swell guy (or so his friends tell him). He is a formally trained designer and branding expert, bringing a wide range of skills to his Tips.Net articles. ...


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