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If you’re using Windows 8 and are primarily in the desktop view, you may find yourself jumping to the Start screen often to launch common applications like the Control Panel, the Command Prompt, or Device Manager. To save the jumping around and work a little more efficiently, Microsoft have provided a shortcut menu, accessible from both the Start screen and the desktop. This menu provides quick access to:

  • Programs and Features
  • Power Options
  • Event Viewer
  • System
  • Device Manager
  • Disk Management
  • Computer Management
  • Command Prompt/Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc)
  • Control Panel
  • File Explorer (Windows Key + E)
  • Search (F3 from the desktop)
  • Run (Windows Key + R)
  • Desktop (Windows Key + D)

Note the underlined letter on the menu. Pressing Windows Key + X and then typing the underlined letter will save you a mouse click. Want to access the Control Panel quickly? Windows Key + X, followed by P.

Looking for some more Windows 8 shortcuts? Check out Windows 8 shortcuts for non-touch screen users.

Note: A right click on the Start area will also launch this menu

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One thought on “Get Quick Access to the Control Panel, Run Dialog, Command Prompt, and more with Windows Key+X [Quick Tip]”

  1. Anton Van Wamelen says:

    It is Microsoft that left the user dangling again, PLEASE a VIdeo in the installation process, and a WINKEY app in front of the Metro start screen referring to the 100 shortcut combinations…please……..

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