How to Add or Remove Items to the Windows 10 Start Menu

There is no denying that the Windows Start Menu is an essential feature in the daily life of a Windows user. However, there are times when you may want to remove redundant apps from this menu. Conversely, in some cases, you may want to add some missing apps.

But how do you add or remove items from the Start menu? We’ve got you covered! First, we’ll explore the Start menu in detail and then see how to add or remove items from it.


The Start menu gives you access to your apps and system settings. You can easily customize this menu and even create custom Start Menu tiles.

To access this menu, press the Win key or click Windows icon on the taskbar. Alternatively, use the Ctrl + Esc shortcut.

By default, the Start menu includes app tiles on the right side and an app list in the center. On the left, you should see some vertically aligned widgets (or folders) named “power”, “settings”, “images” and more.

In the middle section (the list of apps), you’ll likely see additional subsections labeled “Most Used Apps” and “Recently Added Apps”.

Now, let’s take a look at how to add or remove items from the Start menu.

Let’s start with the widgets on the left side of the Start menu. To add or remove these items, do the following:

  1. to press Win + I to access the system settings. Alternatively, try the various ways to open Windows settings.
  2. To select Personalization and then click Start on the left side.
  3. Click the Choose which folders appear on Start below option.
  4. In the end, turn on the buttons for the widgets / folders you want to appear on the left side.

Alternatively, follow these steps:

  1. press the Windows icon on the taskbar.
  2. Right click on one of the widgets / folders on the left (except the “user profile” and “power” options).
  3. To select Customize this listing from the options.
  4. On the next screen, turn on or switch off the relevant buttons to add or remove items.

Now, let’s move on to the middle part of the Start menu. The middle part contains the entire list of apps.

You can view or remove all items from this section. Hence, there is no option to add or remove just a specific thing. However, you can remove particular apps from the “Most Used” and “Recently Added” subsections.

Here are the steps to add or remove all items in the middle of the Start menu:

  1. to press Win + I to access the system settings.
  2. To select Personalization and then click Start on the left side.
  3. To show the app list, turn on the Show the app list in the Start menu button. Otherwise, disable this button to hide the app list.

We will now look at the “Most Used” and “Recently Added” subsections. It is worth noting that your device automatically adds items to these subsections. However, you can remove any specific items from these categories.


Here’s how to remove items from the “Most Used” or “Recently Added” subsections:

  1. press the Windows key or click Windows icon on the taskbar.
  2. Right-click an app from the “Most Used” or “Recently Added” subsection and select More> Remove from this list. To clear the entire list, right-click one of the items in the list and select More> Clear list.

And if you want to show or hide the “Most Used” or “Recently Added” subsections, do the following:

  1. Open the System settings and access the Launch settings option by following the previous steps.
  2. To show the lists, turn on the Show recently added apps And Show most used apps buttons. Alternatively, disable these buttons to hide these lists.

How to add or remove items from the right side of the Start menu

By default, the right side of the Start menu includes categorized tiles. Here’s how to remove or add items to this category.

Below are the steps to add items to the pane section:

  1. press the Win or open the Start menu using your preferred method.
  2. Scroll down in the app list and locate your favorite app.
  3. Right click on the app and select Pin to get started.

If you’ve hidden the app list in the Start menu, here’s how you can add items to the tile section:

  1. Type an app name in Start menu search bar.
  2. Right-click on Best match result and select Pin to get started.

You can also add items to a specific group in the panel section. We will now show you how to add an item to a new group. From there, we’ll explore how to move the item to an existing group.

Here’s how to add an item to a new group in the pane section:

  1. Open the Start menu and locate your app. Alternatively, search for the app on Start menu search bar.
  2. Right click on the app and select Pin to get started. The app should be placed at the bottom of the tile section.
  3. To create a new group, scroll over the newly added box and click Group of names section. From there, type in a group name (for example, type “My Favorite Apps”) and press log into.

To move an item to a different group, simply drag it and place it in another group.

Do you want to add multiple tiles to the same folder? Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Drag a tile and place it on top of another. This should automatically create a folder.
  3. To ungroup grouped items, click on the folder to access all items within it. Finally, move the grouped tiles and place them anywhere between the other tiles.

Here’s how to remove items from the panes section:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Right-click an item in the pane section and select Unlock from the start.

Do you want to remove an item from a folder? Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click the preferred folder in the pane section. This should expand all the tiles within that folder.
  3. Right-click the tile you want to remove and select Unlock from the start.
  4. Finally, restore the other items to their folder by clicking arrow pointing down on that folder.

To remove an entire folder from the pane section, right-click on it and select Unlock the folder from Start.

Adding and removing Start menu items made easy

The Windows Start menu gives you easy access to most of the apps on your device. If you’d like to add or remove items from this menu, simply apply one of the methods we’ve covered.

Feel like applying even more changes to the Start Menu? If so, you need to check out some cool tips on how to hack and customize the Windows Start Menu.

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