How to Add or Remove All Apps List in Start Menu on Windows 10

Wondering how to add or remove all apps list in Start menu on Windows 10?

As Windows has evolved, the Start Menu has also been updated.

 Windows 10 has more customization options for the Start Menu. You can find a listing of all applications in the Start Menu on the left side, which is quite accessible. This list is customizable, which means you can both add and remove it according to your preferences.

In this guide, we will walk you through easy methods of doing so in detail. All the methods are simple to execute and should not take much of your time.

1. Use the Settings App.

The easiest to execute the task under consideration is via Windows Settings. However, this method can be used by standard users as well. If you wish to make administrative-level changes, perform one of the methods mentioned below.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Press Windows + I keys on your keyboard together to launch Windows Settings. Then head over to the Personalization.
  2. Choose the Start from the left pane and turn the toggle against Show app list in Start Menu off. This will disable the apps list from the Start Menu.
  1. To enable it back, simply turn the toggle back on.

As simple as that!

2. Modify Group Policy Editor.

Another way to disable this list of applications in the Start Menu is by using the Local Group Policy Editor. GPE is an administrative-level tool that allows advanced users to customize their operating systems.

However, the Local Group Policy is only available for the Windows Pro, Enterprise, and Ultimate versions, and thus might not work if you are using the Windows Home operating system.

  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows + R buttons together. 
  2. In the text field of the dialog box, type “gpedit.msc” and hit the Enter key to open the Local Group Policy Editor window.
  1. Navigate to the following category path in the Local Group Policy Editor
User Configuration\ Administrative Templates\ Start Menu and Taskbar\
  1. Double-click on the setting named “Remove All Programs list from the Start menu”. 
  1. Now change the settings from Not Configured to Enabled.
  2. To apply the changes, click on the Apply or Ok button. Doing will disable the apps list from Start Menu.

This should make the desired changes.

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4. Modify Windows Registry.

Registry refers to a database used by Windows to store low-level details about an operating system’s processes and applications. Windows relies on the Registry Editor for important information while performing relevant operations. This makes the Registry Editor an important component of our operating system. 

Here is how you can modify Windows Registry to make the desired changes:

  1. Press Windows + R keys simultaneously on your keyboard to open a Run dialogue box.
  2. Inside the text field of the dialogue box, type regedit and hit Enter. This will launch Windows Registry on your PC.
  1. Navigate to the following path in the Registry Editor window:
  1. Right-click anywhere on the right pane and choose the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option. Name this newly created value as “NoStartMenuMorePrograms”.
  1. Rename this value, double-click on it, and set the value data to 3.
  2. Alternatively, you can also create another value named “Collapse and disable setting” option and set the value data of this value to 2.
  3. Once done, restart your PC to save the changes.
  4. You can always enable the feature back by changing the value data to 0 or removing this value from the Registry Editor.

This brings us to the end of our guide on ways to add or remove all apps list in Start menu on Windows 10. We tried walking you through all the steps in detail and hope that one of the methods mentioned in this post did the trick for you. In case you still have any confusion about the steps, please let us know in the comment section below!

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  • Zainab Falak

    Zainab Falak is a staff writer for Saint and an expert in Microsoft Windows, having authored more than 200 posts. She has a Bachelors in Actuarial Sciences and her passion for computers extends to exploring various aspects, from UI customization to the Windows registry and exploring error codes. Twitter LinkedIn

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