The Windows 11 start menu is currently divided in to two sections, the top half is for "pinned" apps and the bottom half is the "recommended" section which will display new app installs or frequently used files. It is possible to disable the recommended section from showing any of these options.
- To begin, open Settings by pressing ⊞ Win + I or finding it via Start/Search.
- Then click Personalization > Start:
- Now disable the Show recently added apps and Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer options:
- Your recommended section in the start menu is now empty! Unfortunately, there will still be a message saying "To show your recent files and new apps, turn them on in Start settings", which hopefully can also be disabled in a future update to make more space on the start menu.