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    Open Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10

    Open Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10

    How to Open Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10
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    How to Open Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10

    information   Information
    The Win+X Quick Link menu is a pop-up menu from the Start button that includes shortcuts of common management, configuration, and other power user Windows tools.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 15014, the Win+X flyout has been updated to say “Apps and Features” instead of “Programs and Features”.

    This tutorial will show different ways on how to open the Win+X Quick Link menu in Windows 10.

    EXAMPLE: Win+X Quick Link menu
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    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2, step 3, or step 4 below for how you would like to open the Win+X Quick Link menu.

    2. Press the Windows + X keys and release.

    Note   Note
    Using this option will allow you to see the available underlined (letter) keyboard shortcuts to press for each menu item to open with.

    3. Right click on the Start button on a taskbar.

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    4. On a touchscreen, press and hold the Start button on the taskbar until you see the faded white rectangle appear on it, then release.

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    That's it,

  1. Posts : 1,544
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       14 Oct 2014 #1

    Nice Shawn,
    Might be nice for a follow up on how to add or remove entries/ new group... ?
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  2. Posts : 23,623
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
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       14 Oct 2014 #2
    Last edited by Brink; 14 Oct 2014 at 18:01.
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  3. Posts : 697
    Windows 10 1703 Pro 64
       14 Oct 2014 #3

    That is a problem as it does a hash check on the content and any changes will not stay. I did see a hack on eightforums that would generate a new hash and let your changes stick. I need to look for that when I can. They are stored in a directory and add and deleting shortcuts works but won't stick.

    Looks like Shawn had it and posted while I was typing.

    Here is a link to understand the hashing that MS uses to stop you from freely editing the menu. The program that Shawn linked to takes care of the hash problem.

    Last edited by Phone Man; 14 Oct 2014 at 18:12.
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  4.    16 Sep 2015 #4

    Could you help me how to open the Win+x menu programmatically?
    I've disabled all Windows key shortcuts. This is the one I could use but not able to open it from a Autohotkey file.

    I've found
    ControlClick, Start1, ahk_class Shell_TrayWnd,, R
    but it is a workaround and moves the mouse.
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