Windows 8’s “hidden” start menu

2012-11-22-08_46_49- have posted on an interest menu in Windows 8 which would not normally be noticed by most users.

By right clicking in the lower left corner on the screen a menu of shortcuts to mainly power user features such as disk and computer management can be revealed.

This menu was of course also in Windows 7, but has significantly expanded in the next version.

If what you miss from the Windows 7 start menu is quick access to the control panel and Run, the good news is that it is right there for the clicking.  The menu can also be pulled up by pressing Windows X,  providing one with the option to press Windows+X, P to bring up the Control panel for example or Windows+X,E to bring up the file explorer.

Would our readers find this nifty power-user feature helpful? Let us know below.

  • Guest

    Win+X brings it up also.

  • Guest


  • Peter Bannor

    I figure this would only be well known amongst people who were using the preview editions of the OS. I mainly use to easily get to the Task Manager or Desktop when I’m in another app

    • Roman Jasek

      Desktop: Win + D
      Task Manager: Ctrl + Shift + Esc

    • jimski27

      I found a shortcut for the desktop in the Windows folder and added it to position 1 on the taskbar. One click access.

      • Mitch Hancock

        Or you could just click the far right edge of the taskbar as you could do since Windows 98.

  • dakn

    “Windows+X,E to bring up the file explorer”

    Or just Windows+E as its always been…..

    • Jitendra Singh

      Thats right. Windows + E works

  • Frostie

    Dude!? The real start menu can be enabled through the taskbar toolbars menu by linking it to the start screen folder in the C drive.

    But anyway, have a look at this.

  • connect with

    Nope, this is not helpful at all. Useless tip.

  • connect with

    Nope, this is not helpful at all. Useless tip.

    • eddmann

      Useless?!!! How’s that?! That context menu really speeds up accessing things a lot.

    • Pookiewood

      Useless as in REALLY old info but certainly a very useful feature. As one who drills down to these options in Win7 this makes it faster and its what sold Win 8 to me.

  • hysonmb

    I guess this is helpful for people who didn’t learn the shortcuts in previous versions of Windows. They may like the “God Mode” folder as well.

  • Asgardi

    The existence of this menu has been widely known as long as I can remember and even adverticed to power users by MS itself… It has always been there in Windows 8, even in betas.

    • Link68759

      This feature was day 1 developer preview news. Bleh.

  • Pookiewood

    Please tell me you knew about this since before RTM.

  • GGlazer

    Thanks for the tip. I somehow missed out on this one. I’ll find this very useful.

  • arrow2010

    It’s like the In N Out secret menu, Microsoft Animal Style.

  • John Hough

    You just now figured this out?

  • ScubaDog

    Um, this isn’t really any news. I’ve been using this since the Developer Preview. People have LONG ignored the Right-Click capabilities of Windows. it frustrates the heck out of me when I deal with users. Same with the press-n-hold in Windows Phone, which I refer to as “the new right-click”. I don’t have a Windows 8 tablet, but I’ll bet the press-n-hold works the same.

  • xma1e

    Doh! Last years “news”. Only apple users don’t right click.

  • jvs

    Task Bar, Right click, Toolbars, New Toolbar, add folder “C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuPrograms”, then you have a start menu.

  • Max

    In this German video you can see, that productive working is the same with windows 7 and 8: