How to Remove the All Apps Option from Windows 10 Start Menu


In Windows 10 the Start menu has been redesigned to look modern and touch-friendly. On the left side you will see a few of your most-used programs along with other quick access options and the All Apps option. When you click on the All Apps option the Start menu will display all the installed apps on your system. If for whatever reason you would like to remove the “All Apps” option from the Start menu, here is how you can do that.


Remove the All Apps Option Using Registry Editor

Removing the All Apps option using the Registry Editor is easy – all you have to do is create a new value. To do that press “Win + R,” type regedit and press the Enter button.


The above action will open the Windows Registry Editor. Here, navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies


Once you are there right-click on the key “Policies,” select “New” and then “key.”


The above action will create a new blank key; simply rename the key to “Explorer.” This is how it looks once you are done renaming.


After renaming, right-click on the right panel and then select the “New” option and then “DWORD (32-bit) Value” to create a new dword value.


Now, rename the newly-created value to “NoStartMenuMorePrograms,” and press the Enter button.


By default the new value is set to the Value Data “0;” we need to change that. To do that double-click on the newly-created value to open the Edit Value window. Here, enter the new value data as “1,” and click on the “Ok” button to save the changes.


Just restart your system, and you will no longer see the All Apps option in the Start Menu.


If you ever want to revert back, simply change the Value Data back to “0,” or just delete the newly created Value. i.e. the “NoStartMenuMorePrograms” value.

Remove the All Apps Option Using Group Policy Editor

If you are using the Pro or Enterprise version of Windows you can do the same thing using the Group Policy Editor. This method makes it a little bit easier as you don’t have to create new keys and values. To start, press “Win + R,” type gpedit.msc and press the Enter button. Alternatively, you can also search for it in the Start menu.


The above action will open the Group Policy Editor. Navigate to “User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar” on the left panel.

Find and double-click on the policy “Remove All Programs list from the Start menu” appearing on the right panel to open the properties window.


In the Policy Properties window select the “Enabled” radio button, and then click on the “Ok” button to save the changes.


Just restart or sign out and sign in to your system, and you will no longer have the All Apps option in the Start Menu. If you ever want to revert back, simply select the option “Not configured” or “Disabled” in the Policy Properties window.

Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above methods to remove or disable the All Apps option in the start menu.

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Vamsi Krishna

Vamsi is a tech and WordPress geek who enjoys writing how-to guides and messing with his computer and software in general. When not writing for MTE, he writes for he shares tips, tricks, and lifehacks on his own blog Stugon.

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