Power User Tasks Menu (Win + X) - Edit in Windows 8
Join Date: Jul 2009
How to Edit Win+X "Power User Tasks Menu" in Windows 8 and 8.1
This will show you how to add and remove shortcuts and groups to the Power User Tasks Menu
using the easy to use Win + X Editor
program for only your user account in Windows 8
, Windows RT
, Windows 8.1
, and Windows RT 8.1
Thank you to our member hb860
(aka: Happy Bulldozer) for creating the free Win + X Menu Editor
With "Win+X Menu Editor" you are able:
- to add new items (shortcuts and groups).
- to remove any item in Win+X menu.
- to rename any shortcut in Win+X menu. (right click or F2)
- to reorder Win+X menu items.
In Windows 8.1
, a Shut Down
menu has been added to the Power User Tasks Menu that can include the Sleep
, Shut down
, and Restart
If you shut down
from the WIN+X menu
in Windows 8.1, it will perform a full shut down even if you have Fast Startup
EXAMPLE: Power User Tasks Menu
1. Click on the Download button below, and download the WinXMenuEditorRelease.zip file for the free Win + X Menu Editor program, and save it to you desktop.
NOTE: When you click on the download button below to go to the winaero.com site, be sure to click on the gray download button at the bottom of the progams's description, but above the Comments section.
2. Extract (drag and drop) either the x64 or x86 folder that is the same as your 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Windows 8 to your desktop.
NOTE: Be sure to only extract the one that is the same for your Windows 8, or it will not work properly.
3. Open the extracted x64 or x86 folder, and run the WinXEditor.exe file.
This is a standalone exe file that only runs, and does not install on your computer.
If you like, you could move the x64
folder to where you like, create a shortcut of the WinXEditor.exe
file, then with this shortcut Pin to Taskbar
on desktop, Pin to Start
screen, add to Quick Launch
, assign a keyboard shortcut
to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.
4. You can now edit your Power User Tasks Menu to how you like with the free Win + X Menu Editor program.
NOTE: If you like, see the demo video below for more on how to use Win + X Editor.
5. When finished making the changes you want, click/tap on the Restart Explorer button to apply them.
NOTE: You can click/tap on the Restore Defaults button at the top left corner, click/tap and on Yes when prompted to restore the Power User Tasks Menu back to default.