Windows 11 came and Microsoft brought with it a completely modern look to the most important user interface elements such as the Start menu, taskbar, File Explorer, options menus, App Store, etc. And if we highlight the Start menu, we notice that the new look divides the menu window into two parts: a section that displays shortcuts to installed applications, as in smartphones, and a section that displays newly opened files and folders. But the latter, which is called "Recommended" may seem useless for some Windows 11 users. Since it takes up an unnecessary amount of space, let's go through how to remove it or at least disable it.
The "Recommended" section of the Start menu contains a quick shortcut to any new application/program that is installed on the computer, as well as files and folders that the user frequents most. Although it is a useful feature, you may prefer to use the entire Start menu space to display only the shortcuts of installed applications.
Unfortunately, Microsoft has not added an option within the settings that fulfills this desire to permanently remove this section from the list, but the company is working on adding an option that re-layouts the list so that it expands or reduces the “Recommended” area.
Currently, the only option to control the "Recommended" section on the Windows 11 Start menu is to disable it so that it doesn't display any items at all while still retaining its place in the list.
To use this option, open Settings from the Start menu or press the Win keys and the letter I (E) together, then go to the Personalization section from the side menu and press "Start". Here you will disable the "Show recently opened items in Start" option to prevent displaying a shortcut to folders and files you open, as well as disable "Show recently added apps" to prevent new apps that are installed on the device from appearing.
Once done, the "Recommended" section will be completely clean and display no shortcuts. And if that's not satisfactory, in the next paragraph, here's how to completely remove it.