How to permanently remove a program from start menu recent list?


I would like to know how I can prevent a program from appearing in the list of most recently used programs in the start menu under Windows 7 (Pro).

For instance, "notepad" is in this list, but I only start it by double-clicking text files, never through the start menu. In this manner, 4 of 10 recent menu entries are shortcuts I'll never use and which take away space for other, more valuable shortcuts.

I know that I can remove items manually using the right-click-menu ("Remove from list"), but I would really prefer a way to make this permanent.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!

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Last updated September 27, 2018 Views 7,633 Applies to:
Hi Michael

I don't think there is a way to accomplish what you are describing. There is no way to set that component to 'ignore' specific programs.

Hope this helps.

Thank You for using Windows 7

Ronnie Vernon MVP
MVP 1999 - Present
Windows Insider MVP

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