This post shows students and new users how to start and use the Power User Task Menu when using Windows 11. First released in Windows 2008, the Power User Task Menu (Power User Menu) provides quick access to the essential functions of Windows 11.

There are various settings and functions in the Power User menu that are not available in the standard Start menu. This menu is not available to prevent an inexperienced user from finding it and causing system instability.

If you are an advanced user and want to use the advanced user menu, the steps below show you how to start it and the shortcut keys to open additional settings and functions. Remember that this menu gives you access to advanced functions that can cause system instability or data loss if used incorrectly.

There are several ways to open the Power User Menu, and we will show you how to launch this menu using various methods below.

The new Windows 11 comes packed with many new features with a new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corner windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows look and feel modern.

If you’re excited about Windows 11, keep reading posts about it.

To start running the Power User Menu in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to open the Power User Menu in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows comes with a Power User Task menu for power users to quickly access advanced and essential settings in Windows. It is hidden so that inexperienced users cannot stumble upon it and start using it.

To start or open the advanced user menu, press the Windows wrench

Press the Windows keyand X on your keyboard.

Pressing the keyboard shortcut above will open the Power User Menu. The menu should open ready for the keyboard command Hotkeys: Below are the hotkeys and command descriptions:

Option Hotkeys Description
Programs (applications) and functions F Open Windows programs and features
Mobility center B Launch Windows Mobility Center
Power option OR Open Windows Power Options
Events viewer V Open the Windows event viewer
System AND Open the properties of Windows systems
Network connections W Open the Network Connection panel
Disk management K Open disk management in Windows
Computer management GRAM Open the Computer Management settings
Symbol of the system C Open the Windows command prompt
Command prompt as administrator TO Open command prompt as administrator
Task manager T Open Windows Task Manager
Control Panel P Open the Windows Control Panel
File Browser me Open Windows File Explorer
Run command box R Open the Run command box
Desk D Hide all windows and show the desktop

When you open the power menu using the Windows key + X, they can use the hotkeys above to open the above functions and settings.

For instance, To win key + X, OR, S puts your computer to sleep.

Another way to launch the Power User menu is to right-click the Start menu on the taskbar.

When you right-click the Start button to open, you cannot use the above hotkeys, but rather navigate with the mouse.

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