How to Remove Items From the Start Menu

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In order to remove an item from Windows' start menu, right-click on the item, and select "remove from this list." Remove recently used programs from the list in the start menu with help from a software developer in this free video on computer files and programs.

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Hi my name is Dave Andrews, today I'm going to show you how to remove items from the start menu. Let's go over to our computer, and we're going to click on the start menu, which is down here at the bottom. As you can see I have a lot of items here that are in the start menu, and this is actually where Windows is remembering the programs that I have run recently. To remove one of these from this list let's just right click on it, and click on remove from this list. As you can see that icon has been removed, and it's been replaced with another program that I just used recently. I can also remove that one, and I can remove ones from up here at the top. Now,this is the list of recently used programs, there is also if you click on the all programs, usually a much longer list, which includes folders and things like this. And up here are some programs, if there is a program here that I know I am never going to use, I'm just going to pick one at random here. Let's say Windows calendar, and I don't want that to show up in my start menu, I'm just going to right click on it as well, and then I'm going to click on delete. Now that is not actually deleting the Windows calendar program. What it is doing is it is deleting a short cut to that Windows calendar program. So the program is still installed, it's just being removed out of the start menu. So since that it is actually a Windows protected file you have to be an administrator to click on continue. And not all of those programs are going to be like that, it's just the one that I picked happened to require administrative access to remove from the list. My name is Dave Andrews, and I've just showed you how to remove icons from the start menu.

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