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How to find Windows 10 features and programs

With the popularity of Windows 10 growing, I find that I am working on more and more Windows 10 systems. But finding some of the Windows 10 features and programs can be kind of hard. So here's my some of my favorite ways to find Windows 10 features and programs.

Power User menu

Did you know that you can get to the control panel, computer management or an administrative command prompt in Windows 10 with just a couple of keystrokes or mouse clicks? That's just what you can do and more when you use the Power User menu.

The two different versions of the Power User menu in Windows 10

The Power User menu first appeared in Windows 8 to kind of supplement users need to find essential programs and features quickly. Without a Start Menu, it was extremely hard for regular users to find anything inside of Windows 8. The Power User menu kind of made up for no Start Menu, well not really, but it was better than nothing at all.

The Power User menu contains a set of shortcuts to the most used programs and features inside of Windows 10 (see list below). There are two different ways of bringing up the Power User menu; by mouse or keyboard.

How to display the Power User menu using your mouse

Right-click on the Windows logo Windows logo key on the Start Menu

How to display the Power User menu using your keyboard

Press the Windows Logo key Windows logo key + X

Using the keyboard method, you also get keyboard shortcuts added to all of the menu selections.

Power User menu keyboard shortcuts

Press To
Windows logo key + X Open the Power User menu
Then press To open
F Programs and Features
O Power Options
V Event Viewer
Y System
M Device Manager
W Network Connections
K Disk Management
G Computer Management
C Command Prompt
A Administrative Command Prompt
T Task Manager
P Control Panel
E File Explorer
S Search (Cortana)
R Run dialog box
U Shut down or sign out
U then I Sign out
U then U Shut down
U then R Restart
D Desktop

Keyboard shortcuts for Windows

Now it just so happens that the keyboard shortcut for the Power User menu is just one of almost forty Windows logo key shortcuts for Windows 10. The Windows logo key was introduced in '95 to coincide with the release of Windows 95 and the new, at that time, Start Menu. Microsoft has added and modified the Windows logo key shortcuts with every version of Windows since then. Some of my favorites are listed below and most of them only require one hand.

Press To
Windows logo key Open the Start menu
Windows logo key + A Open Action Center
Windows logo key + D Show desktop
Windows logo key + R Run dialog box
Windows logo key + S Search (Cortana)
Windows logo key + X Open the Power User menu

Click here for the complete list of Windows logo key shortcuts for Windows 10

If you like using keyboard shortcuts, I also personally like and use the general keyboard shortcuts and the dialog box keyboard shortcuts. And since I am right-handed and prefer to keep my hand on the mouse, I use allot of left-handed keyboard shortcuts.

For more information on any of the keyboard shortcuts in this article, please check out the links below.

Windows logo key shortcuts for Windows 10

Dialog box keyboard shortcuts

General keyboard shortcuts

My favorite left hand Windows keyboard shortcuts

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