How to Hide Recent Files and Folders in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to disable or hide recently used items, including files and folders in Windows 11.

By default, when you use Windows 11 keeps track of some of your recent activities, including files and folders access, recently used apps and other are added to the “Recommended” section on the Start menu.

This feature is there to help you get to the stuff you recently opened or used to improve your productivity. It also makes it easier to find items that you have been working on in file explorer. Some might find this useful while other see it as privacy issues.

This feature can completely be disabled so that recent activities are hidden and not added to the “Recommended” section of the Start menu.

If you’re a student or new user looking for a Windows computer to use, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

When you’re ready, continue the the steps below

Disable recently opened items

To disable or turn off recently used items tracking on Windows 11, click on Start and go to Settings as shown in the image below.

windows 11 settings button

In Systems Settings page, locate the sidebar on the left and click “Personalization.” In the options to the right of the window, scroll down and select “Start.”

windows 11 personalization and start

In “Start” settings page, toggle the switch next to “Show recently opened items in Start, Jump lists, and File Explorer” to “Off.”

disable recently used items in windows 11

That will set Windows 11 to not remember recent items in the Recommended section.

disable recent items in windows 11

Doing this will have no effect on your web browsing history and other web activities. To disable tracking in the browser, you’ll have to do that within the browser settings page.


This post showed you how to disable or turn off recently used items in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.


  1. Thanks! I appreciate your time for posting this information.

  2. How do I do this from a batch file?

  3. thank you, it saved my time

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