What is the Power User Menu?

Everything You Can Do With the Power User Menu in Windows 10 & 8

Screenshot of the Power User Menu in Windows 10
Power User Menu (Windows 10).

The Power User Menu, available in Windows 10 and Windows 8, is a pop-up menu with shortcuts to management, configuration, and other "power user" Windows tools.

The Power User Menu is often also referred to as the Windows Tools Menu, Power User Task Menu, Power User Hotkey, WinX Menu, or the WIN+X Menu. I know... a lot of names!

How to Open the WIN+X Menu

You can bring up the Power User Menu with your keyboard by pressing the WIN (Windows) key and the X key together.

With a mouse, you can show the Power User Menu by right-clicking on the Start button.

On a touch-only interface, you can activate the Power User Menu by a press-and-hold action on the Start button or a whatever right-click action is available with a stylus.

Prior to the Windows 8.1 update to Windows 8, bringing up the Power User Menu was only possible using the already mentioned keyboard shortcut, as well as right-clicking in the bottom-leftmost corner of the screen.

What's on the Power User Menu?

By default, the Power User Menu in Windows 10 and Windows 8 includes shortcuts to the following tools:

How to Customize the WIN+X Menu

The Power User Menu can be customized by rearranging or removing shortcuts within the various Group folders contained within the C:\Users\[USERNAME]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX directory.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE is the hive in the Windows Registry where you'll find the registry keys associated with the Power User Menu shortcuts. The exact location is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ShellCompatibility\InboxApp.

[1] Mobility Center is usually available only when Windows 10 or Windows 8 is installed on traditional laptop or netbook computers.

[2] These shortcuts are only available in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

[3] In Windows 8.1 and later, the Command Prompt and Command Prompt (Admin) shortcuts can be optionally changed to Windows PowerShell and Windows PowerShell (Admin), respectively. See How to Switch Command Prompt & PowerShell on the WIN+X Menu for instructions.

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