The Number 1 Most Powerful Windows 8 Shortcut for Power Users

Much has been written about the lack of a Start button in Windows 8, but if you’re a power user you may find the lack of start menu items like My Computer and Control Panel just as troubling.

Type Windows key Windows logo key + X (or mouse to lower left hot corner and right click) for the following menu:

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Here is the list of options:

Programs and Features
Power Options
Event Viewer
System
Device Manager
Disk Management
Computer Management
Command Prompt
Command Prompt (Admin)
Task Manager
Control Panel
File Explorer
Search
Run
Desktop

Note the underlined letters in the menu. These can be used to navigate directly to each option using only the keyboard. For example to access the Control Panel, Press Windows key Windows logo key + X and then the letter P. To access the File Explorer, Windows key Windows logo key + X + X.

Like Windows key short cuts? Here’s a list of new or useful ones available in Windows 8:

Windows key Windows logo key + W : Search Control Panel and Settings stuff
Windows key Windows logo key + F : Search Files
Windows key Windows logo key + C : Charms
Windows key Windows logo key + K : Devices
Windows key Windows logo key + I : Metro Settings Charm
Windows key Windows logo key + Arrows : Snap desktop apps to the sides
Windows key Windows logo key +  (period) : Alternate sides to "snap" Metro Apps.
Windows key Windows logo key + X : Administrative Tools
Windows key Windows logo key + PageUp/Dn : Move full screen apps to other monitors

  • iamwired

    You can also right click anywhere on the desktop and choose All Apps on the botton, then scroll right. You will see My Computer as well as Command Prompt, etc.

  • I've seen so many complaints, usually summed up under some doomsday prophecy of lost productivity, and it is refreshing to see this. I'm glad to see people talking about solutions, it's much more effective than the kicking and screaming going on around the web.