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There are some programs that are highlighted in the start menu because I haven't used them yet. I overall love this feature, but don't want it to apply to a few specific programs.

How do I turn it off?( ONLY for these few files)... Is there an option or something?

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I believe it's all or none. You can run those select few programs a few times, clearing the highlight. – Hand-E-Food Oct 10 '11 at 3:18
They just go away after a while. But, if you want to make them go away, one would add a ROT13 encoded string of the application's path to the UserAssist registry key under under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist. There would probably be a tool for this, but like I said, they fade away after like a week anyway. – Motes Apr 14 '14 at 19:27
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For individual items that display in the start menu that you do not wish to show, right-click then click "remove from list." It should not display again.

If you do not want fresh installs to show up in the menu (have not used them yet):

  1. On the Start button, bottom-left, right-click and select properties, click on the Start menu tab -> click on "Customize Start Menu."
  2. Uncheck "highlight newly installed programs" (between Games and Music) then click "OK" then "Apply" then "OK."

image of porp start menu

For recently used items/ programs that do not show (they can show from other sessions even if not used in this one):

  1. Click on the Start button -> right-click -> select "Properties."
  2. Click on the Start menu tab -> in Privacy, uncheck the items you do not wish to have shown.

image start menu prop tab

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Its not what I wanted... but I guess what I'm looking for doesn't exist. Thanks anyway. – wizlog Oct 10 '11 at 6:16

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