Is Your Windows 7 Start Menu Getting Tall? Follow These Steps and Shorten It

Does your Windows Start Menu resemble a skyscraper in height? By default the Windows 7 Start Menu displays 9 recent applications plus all of the applications that you have pinned up. If you have several pinned up applications like I do, your Start Menu will appear very tall (see screenshot below). In order to remedy this and reduce the number or recent applications to display on the Start Menu, simply follow the instructions below.

Change the Number of Recent Items on the Start Menu in Windows 7

The Start Menu with the default number of recent applications.

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Note: I used Windows 7 Ultimate in this tutorial.

Change the Number of Recent Items on the Start Menu in Windows 7

1. Right-click on the Taskbar.

2. Click on Properties from the menu.


Change the Number of Recent Items on the Start Menu in Windows 7

3. When the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window opens, click on the Start Menu tab.

4. Click on the Customize button.

Change the Number of Recent Items on the Start Menu in Windows 7

5. When the Customize Start Menu window opens, adjust the Number of recent programs to display by using the down arrow to reduce or the up arrow to increase the number of recent applications to display.

6. Click OK to save the settings.

Change the Number of Recent Items on the Start Menu in Windows 7

The Start Menu after the number of the recent items was reduced.

  • Gee and I thought it was just me who thought that the height was a bit out of control. Thanks for the tips. I’ll definitely put them to us.

  • Gee and I thought it was just me who thought that the height was a bit out of control. Thanks for the tips. I’ll definitely put them to us.