Understanding the WinX Menu

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 16, 2018)

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As you are managing your computer system, there are certain tools that experience has shown are used more than other tools. In previous versions of Windows many of these tools were accessible through the Start menu. With the advent of Windows 8, however, the Start menu was done away with. The Start menu returned in Windows 10, but it is still not the "traditional" Start menu available prior to Windows 8.

How, then, is one to get to the common system management tools in a world where there is either no Start menu or a less-than-comprehensive Start menu? The easiest way is through the use of what has come to be known as the WinX menu. This menu derives its name from the fact that you display it, at any time, by pressing the Win key (the keyboard key that has the Windows logo on it) in conjunction with the X key. Thus, Win+X displays the WinX menu. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The WinX Menu

The WinX menu is displayed at the bottom-left corner of the screen. The number of options visible on the menu depends on the version of Windows you are using. Even so, the menu contents and wording are very similar from version to version.

It is important to realize that the WinX menu's name is not its official handle. It has stuck because Microsoft has never seen fit to give this particular menu an official name.

 This tip (13361) applies to Windows 8 and 10.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is three more than 8?

2018-07-16 16:21:53

Penny Edwards

The same menu can be displayed by clicking on the Windows Start button with your right mouse button.


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