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I used to use a certain application very frequently (WinSCP), but I now seldom use it.

As such, I explicitly removed it from the start-menu's frequently used list. However, now if I use it even just once, it jumps to the top of the list and I have to remove it manually again.

Is there a way I can tell Windows to simply omit the application from the start menu list?

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As described on this page (admittedly for XP) you need to add a new key to the registry:

  1. Launch the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
  2. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications.
  3. [If there's not already an entry for the application] Right-click the Applications key and select New | Key. Name the key the same name as the application's executable file.
  4. Right-click your new key and select New | String Value. Name the string value NoStartPage.
  5. Close the Registry Editor.
  6. Reboot or log off and log back on for the change to take effect.

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