How to Show most used apps on the Start menu in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to show or hide the most used apps list on the Start menu in Windows 11. The Start menu in Windows 11 has three sections: Pinned, All apps and Recommended – which contains list of recently used or opened apps.

On the Start menu, you can also find shortcuts to settings, files and other apps. By default, there are some apps that are pinned to the Pinned section. These includes Edge, Mail, Microsoft Store and few other Windows apps.

A recently released feature also allows one to expand each section of the Start menu to include more Pinned apps and list items under the Recommended section.

If you can’t find the apps you want in the Pinned section on the Start menu, click on the All apps button to show your apps on the system. Under the All apps button, there’s a section called Most used at the top that shows up to 6 of the user’s most frequently used apps.

Below is how to enable or disable the Most used apps list under All apps on the Start Menu in Windows 11.

How to show Most Used app list on the Start menu in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Under the All apps button on the Start menu, there’s a section called Most used apps list at the top that shows up to 6 of the user’s most frequently used apps.

Below is how to enable it.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Personalization, then on the right pane, and select the Start tile to expand it.

windows 11 personalization start

On the Start settings pane, select the Show most used apps tile, and toggle the button to the On position as shown below.

windows 11 show most used apps

Once enabled, the All apps menu should list your most used apps as shown below.

windows 11 list most used app on start

You can now exit the Settings app.

How to disable Most used apps list on the Start menu in Windows 11

If you have the Most used apps list appearing on the Start menu and you want to remove it, simply reverse the steps above by going to the Start menu ==> Settings ==> Personalization ==> Start and toggle the button to the Off position for the Show most used app tile.

windows 11 hide most used apps list on start

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to show or hide the Most used apps list on the Start menu in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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