There is a neat menu, often called the Power User or WinX menu, that is hidden on the Windows 10 desktop. Whatever you prefer to call it, this menu is extremely useful. Here’s what it is and how to find it.
What is the Power User Menu?
The Power User menu is, at its most basic, a context menu that provides quick access to some of the more advanced or frequently accessed features in Windows 10. The Power User menu was introduced in Windows 8 and moved to Windows 8.1 and then Windows 10 due to its popularity, with new updates and features of course.
Here’s a list of what’s on the Power User menu by default, along with a hotkey you can use to launch that program from the menu:
- Apps & Features (F): Open Apps & Features in the Settings app.
- Mobility Center (B) – Opens the Windows Mobility Center, a place where you can quickly adjust certain hearing, visual, and battery settings.
- Energy options (O): Open Power On & Off in the Settings app.
- Events viewer (V): Opens the Event Viewer, which displays a log of system and application messages.
- System (Y): Displays the system information of your machine in the Settings application.
- Device administrator (M): Opens Device Manager, which allows you to configure and / or troubleshoot your PC hardware.
- Network Connections (W): Open your network status information in the Settings app.
- Disk management (K): Opens Disk Management, which allows you to manage your disks and drives.
- Computer Management (G) – Opens Computer Management, a feature that contains management tools such as Event Viewer and Disk Management.
- Windows PowerShell (i): start PowerShell.
- Administrator of Windows PowerShell (A): Start PowerShell as administrator.
- Task Manager (T): Opens the Task Manager, which shows resource usage and process statistics.
- Settings (N): Open the Windows Settings application.
- File Browser (E): open File Explorer.
- Search (S): Open Windows search and place your cursor in the search bar.
- Run (R): Opens Run, a function that allows you to open folders and run programs with commands.
- Shut down or log out: (First, press U and then press i to log out, S to sleep, U to shut down, or R to reboot.)
- Desktop (D): Minimize everything.
You can also modify what appears in the Power User menu from the Settings app, but your options are extremely limited. Full customization of the Power User menu requires exploring and making changes to the Windows’ register .
But knowing what’s in the Power User menu doesn’t matter unless you know how to access it.
Finding the Power User Menu
There are two equally easy ways to access the Power User Menu. If you are a fan of shortcuts from keyboard , press Windows + X (hence the menu nickname “WinX”). The advanced user menu will open.
Another way is by simply right-clicking on the Start menu in the lower left corner of your desktop.
Then the Power User Menu will open.
Now you know what the Power User Menu is and how to access it. Microsoft is known for hide cool features on your Windows operating system, and the Power User menu is far from the only one.