Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 have already found some new features. The Metro UI, in-built Windows App Store, better PC Customization Settings etc. are the brand new features. Also, if you are a keyboard shortcut lover, I am sure that you have got some new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8 and 8.1. For example, the newer Windows versions have some shortcuts like Win + I, Win + Q, Win + X and so on. Among all of them Win+ X is the best keyboard shortcut.
By using this particular shortcut, you can access various tools. You can get Programs and Features, Power options, Event Viewer, Network Connections, Task Manager, Control Panel etc. by pressing Win and X key. Actually, you will get shortcuts of those Windows features/tools.
This menu is helpful as it can be accessed from anywhere like any sidebar apps for Android. Most people use those preset programs. But if you do not want to use those predefined programs from Win + X menu, obviously you can change/replace them. But the problem is you cannot safely add or remove any program from Win + X menu without using any software.
Certainly, some registry edits can do changes in Win + X menu. Yet, it would be a headache for a normal Windows user, who does not have much knowledge about Registry Editor/ Registry keys. It is strictly recommended not to use any Registry trick to edit Win + X menu, when you do not have any Registry Editor knowledge.
So, what is the solution?
The solution is a portable Windows software, which is known as WinX Editor. The advantage of using this software is you do not have to be an expert of Registry editor and there is no need to install this software etc.
Just download WinX Editor and start using it right away. You can get it for both 32-bit as well as 64-bit version of Windows. After downloading, you will get a simple user interface something like the following picture:
[You may find some changes because I have already edited my Win + X menu using it]
To add any program, just navigate to Add a program >> Add a Program. Then, select the .exe file of corresponding software. After that, you can add a name for that selected program.
On the other hand, you can also add some preset programs i.e. Hibernate, Shutdown, Restart, Services, Paint, Calculator, Windows Media Player, Snipping Tool and Notepad. To add them, just navigate to Add a program >> Add preset >> Select program.
This is possible to add important Control Panel features. You can add Action Center, Auto Play, Bitlocker Drive Encryption, Bluetooth, Ease of Access Center, Folder Settings etc. To add those features, navigate to Add a program >> Add a control panel item.
The next feature is Add Administrative Tools Item. You can also add Disk Cleanup, Event Viewer, Computer Management, System Configuration and Task Scheduler.
If you want to remove any default program from Win + X menu, just select that program from the actual WinX Editor and click the Remove button. Or, you can right-click on that program and select the Remove link.
Win + X menu contains three groups i.e. Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3. Group 1 contains some Control Panel settings. Group 2 has general computer setting and Group 3 includes only Desktop and Shutdown options.
This is also possible to add or remove those groups from the menu. To add a group, just click the Create a group button and start adding some programs. To delete any group, select the group and hit Remove.
Instead of using Registry Editor of Windows, you can simply use WinX Editor to edit your Win + X menu. This will be easier for you. One more thing you should note that you might have to Restart your Windows Explorer to get the changes.
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