We’ll learn how to open and use the Power User Tasks Menu in Windows 11 in this article. The Power User Tasks Menu (power user menu) was first introduced in Windows 2008 and provides quick access to important Windows 11 features.
The power user menu contains several settings and features that are not available on the standard Start menu. This menu isn’t easily accessible to prevent inexperienced users from accidentally discovering it and exploiting it to cause system instability.
If you’re a power user, the steps below will show you how to open the power user menu and use shortcut hotkeys to open additional settings and features. Remember that this menu gives you access to advanced features that, if used incorrectly, can cause system instability or data loss.
The power user menu can be accessed in a variety of ways, and we’ll show you how to do so in the sections below.
The new Windows 11 includes a new user desktop with many new features, such as a centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes, and colors that make any Windows look and feel modern. Follow the steps below to start using the power user menu in Windows 11:
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How to open the power user menu on Windows 11
As previously stated, Windows includes a power user tasks menu that allows power users to quickly access advanced and essential settings. It is hidden so that inexperienced users do not accidentally come across it and begin using it.
To access the power user menu, press the Windows key and the X key on your keyboard.
The power user menu can be accessed by pressing the keyboard shortcut above. The menu should now be open and ready for keyboard commands. Hotkeys and descriptions of the commands are listed below:
|Programs (Apps) & Features||F||Opens Windows Programs & Features|
|Mobility Center||B||Launch Windows Mobility Center|
|Power Option||O||Opens Windows Power Options|
|Event Viewer||V||Opens Windows Events viewer|
|System||Y||Opens Windows Systems Properties|
|Network Connections||W||Opens Network Connection pane|
|Disk Management||K||Opens Disk Management on Windows|
|Computer Management||G||Opens Computer Management settings|
|Command Prompt||C||Opens Windows Command Prompt|
|Command Prompt as Admin||A||Opens the Command Prompt as Admin|
|Tasks Manager||T||Opens Windows Tasks Manager|
|Control Panel||P||Opens Windows Control Panel|
|File Explorer||E||Opens Windows File Explorer|
|Run command box||R||Opens the Run command box|
|Desktop||D||Hide all windows and display desktop|
When you open the power menu by pressing Windows + X, you can use the hotkeys listed above to access the features and settings listed above.
For example, pressing the Win key + X, U, S will put your computer to sleep.
The Power user menu can also be accessed by right-clicking on the Start menu on the Taskbar.
When you right-click on the Start button to open it, you won’t be able to use the hotkeys listed above; instead, you’ll have to navigate with your mouse.