Windows+X Enhanced Shortcuts

Written by Eric Wyatt (last updated August 3, 2020)


We have covered at length quite a few of Windows 10's many keyboard shortcuts that might help improve your productivity and help speed things up. We've covered a list of new Windows 10's shortcuts, shortcuts to help within File Explorer, and also many of the powerful shortcuts that utilize the Windows key. In that last article, there is one particular shortcut, the Win+X shortcut, which can be quite powerful when you press an additional keystroke immediately after it. Below is an additional list of helpful follow-up keys to use after you press the Win+X shortcut.

Shortcut Follow-up Result
Win+X  Open Quick Link menu
Win+X A Open a new Command Prompt (Admin) (If Command Prompt is set to be displayed in the menu. If PowerShell is set a new PowerShell Prompt (Admin) will open.)
Win+X C Open a new Command Prompt (If Command Prompt is set to be displayed in the menu. If PowerShell is set a new PowerShell Prompt will open.)
Win+X F Open Apps and Features
Win+X G Open Computer Management
Win+X K Open Disk Management
Win+X M Open Device Manager
Win+X O Open the Power Options window of the Control Panel
Win+X P Open the Control Panel
Win+X V Open the Event Viewer
Win+X U Open the Shutdown menu
 U then R Restart your Computer
 U then S Sign out of your PC
 U then U Shut down your computer
Win+X T Open the Task Manager
Win+X W Open Network Connections window

The idea of using the Win+X followed by the follow-up key will allow you to launch their corresponding results quickly on your computer. As you become more used to using these combinations, you'll discover you can perform tasks faster, thus saving time.

 This tip (7616) applies to Windows 10.

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What is 8 + 1?

2020-08-17 14:17:36


@JMorgana @Torgrim the follow-up is the key pressed after pressing the Win+X key combination. For example to open a new Command Prompt/PowerShell (based on your computer setup) you would press Win+X and then press A. This will open again either Command Prompt or PowerShell depending on your computers setup.

2020-08-03 08:24:12


There's no followup list here.

2020-08-03 06:28:04

Torgrim Sandvoll

Seems like the list of helpful follow-up keys is missing?

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