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Use the Built-In Mini Start Menu Windows 8

Microsoft Windows 8’s main interface doesn’t include the Start Menu. But there is a secret mini one, and Here is exactly how to get to it.

Microsoft Windows 8’s tile-based interface and its Desktop are noticeably missing a Start menu. As you know from Restore Windows 8 Start Menu Guide, there is a way to add one back. But you may not need to do that, since there is already a mini start menu built right into the operating system, and you can get there whether you are on the main tiled interface or on the Desktop.

There are two ways To make this done: Either right-click the bottom-left corner of the screen or press Windows key+X. Either way, the mini-menu pops up (See image below; its formal name is the Power User menu) with plenty of choices.

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Windows 8 mini start menu

The choices are generally self-explanatory, although some of them do not necessarily lead you where you may think. “Programs and Features,” for example, sends you to a Control Panel applet that lets you uninstall Desktop programs, look at Windows updates you have installed, and turn certain Windows features on or off. The Mobility Center sends you to an applet that lets you do things such as change your display brightness, change your screen orientation, change presentation settings, and similar options—and the truth is, it is not particularly useful, so you might want to stay away.

More Tweak on Windows 8’s Mini Start Menu

You can edit the applications that show up on the Power User menu. In Windows Explorer, go to

Where User Name is your account name. (First, make sure that you can view hidden files in Windows Explorer—in the Microsoft Windows 8 Desktop, launch File Explorer, click the View tab on the toolbar, and turn on the “Hidden items” checkbox. That displays folders and files that are normally hidden from view.) When you do that, you will see three folders: Group1, Group2, and Group3. Each of these groups contains shortcuts to one of the applications that show up on the Power User menu. Group1 contains the Desktop; Group2 contains the Control Panel, Run, Search, Task Manager, and Windows Explorer; and Group3 (See image below) contains two for the Command Prompt (one of which is an Admin command prompt), Computer Management, Device Manager, Disk Management, Event Viewer, Power Options, Programs and Features, System, and Windows Mobility Center.

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The Group3 folder and its shortcuts

If you look closely at the Power User menu, you will notice that these groups correspond to three groups on it, separated by faint lines. Group1 is at the bottom, Group2 just above that, and Group3 at the top.

To edit the Power User menu, you simply make changes to these folders. If you delete a shortcut, for example, it no longer appears on the Power User menu. If you add a shortcut to another folder, it appears on the menu wherever you place it—for example, if you put it in Group1, it appears at the bottom. And you can also add new folders called Group4 and etc, to add other groups to the mini Start menu, ready for you to add shortcuts.

Sign out of Windows and then login again, and the changes will take effect.

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