Right-click on the Start button in Windows 10, and a menu pops up with commands for Power Options, Device Manager, Task Manager, File Explorer, and more. It's known as the Power User Menu because it offers one-click access to some of the more powerful features in Windows.
But what if commands you never use are taking up space in the menu? Or what if your favorite commands aren't there? For example, the April 2017 Windows Creators Update removed Control Panel and replaced it with the Settings command. Maybe you want Control Panel back.
You can tweak the Power User Menu in File Explorer, but there's a limit to how much you can control, and Microsoft doesn't make it easy. Instead, you're better off tapping into a third-party utility called Win+X Menu Editor.
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1 Check Out Your Power User Menu
First, right-click on the Start button to see the Power User Menu. Depending on which version of Windows 10 you're running, the commands you see in the menu differ slightly. Also, the changes you make to the Power User Menu won't appear in the menu unless you sign out and then sign back into Windows (or use a special command in the Win+X Menu Editor). And you can use the Win+X Menu Editor to tweak the Power User menu in Windows 8.1 as well.
2 Download Win+X Menu Editor
You can grab the Win+X Menu Editor from its page at the Winaero website. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the link for "Download Win+X Menu Editor allows you to add or remove Win+X menu items."
3 Power Menu Shortcuts
Download and then extract the WinXMenuEditorRelease.zip file. From the extracted folder, double-click on the WinXEditor.exe file to launch the program. You'll see three groups of shortcuts listed — Group1, Group2, and Group3. These three groups correspond to the three sections displayed on the Power User menu, going from bottom to top. Each folder contains shortcuts to the various commands.
4 Delete a Command
Let's try deleting a command first. Maybe you don't use Event Viewer and want to delete that command. In the Group3 folder, Right-click the Event Viewer shortcut and select Remove from the pop-up menu.
5 Change the Order
Now, maybe you want to change the order of some of the commands. Right-click on a specific command that you want to move. From the pop-up menu, click on "Move to Top" to move it to the top of the menu, "Move to Bottom" to move it to the bottom of the menu, "Move Up" to move it up one spot, or "Move Down" to move it down one spot.
6 Move to Another Group
You can also move a command to a different group. Perhaps you want to move a command from Group 3 to Group 1 to place it further down in the overall menu. Right-click on a command from Group 3, hover your mouse over "Move to group," and then select "Group 1."
7 Add a Command
Now let's say you want to add a command. Perhaps you miss the shortcut for Control Panel, which was given the heave-ho in the April Creators Update. Right-click on Group2 and hover your mouse over "Add," and then select "Add a Control Panel Item."
8 All Control Panel Items
At the window to Add a Control Panel Item, click on the entry for "All Control Panel Items" and click on the Select button.
9 Customize to Your Liking
You can continue modifying the menu by deleting, moving, and adding items. When you're done and you want to see your new creation, either sign out and then sign back into Windows or simply click on the "Restart Explorer" button in the Win+X Menu Editor. Right-click on the Start button, and you'll see your new and hopefully improved Power User menu.
If you don't like the changes you made, you can revert the menu back to its default condition by clicking on the "Restore defaults" button in the Win+X Menu Editor.
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