How to Edit or Add Own Shortcut to Win + X Menu in Windows 10

Along with the already present shortcuts, you can add your own shortcut to the Win + X menu. Let me show you how.

Back in Windows 8, Microsoft introduced a new menu for ease of use. The said menu is called the Power User Menu or the Quick Links menu. It can be launched by pressing Win + X keyboard shortcut or by right-clicking on the start menu. By default, the menu is divided into three groups starting at the bottom. Each group houses some much-needed shortcuts. Some of them include but not limited to the Task Manager, Power Options, Apps & Features, PowerShell, Device Manager, System, etc.

Other than the included shortcuts, you can add your own items to the Win + X menu. For instance, if there is a program that you access frequently, you can add it to the power user menu to launch it quickly. In fact, you can even create a custom group for your own shortcuts or remove the already existing shortcuts.

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So, without further ado, let me show how you can add custom shortcuts to the Win + X power user menu.

Edit or Add Custom Shortcut to Win + X Menu

To add a custom shortcut to the Win + X menu, you cannot simply create a shortcut in the appropriate folder. That’s because the menu requires a hash link for every shortcut. So, to make things easier, we are going to use a free third-party program called Win + X Menu Editor.

1. First, download the software and extract the contents of the ZIP file to a folder on your desktop. Next, open the extracted folder and double-click on the .exe file.

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2. The above action will open the application. As I said before, the Win + X menu is divided into three groups. You can see those groups in the main window.

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3. To add a new shortcut item, first, select the Group folder and then click on the “Add a program” option on the top navigation bar. In my case, I want to add a shortcut to the Group3 folder. So, I selected that folder.

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4. The above action will open the application picker window. Find the .exe file of your favorite application and click on the “Open” button.

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5. Type a name for the shortcut and click on the “Ok” button.

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6. After adding the shortcut, you need to restart Explorer to apply the changes. Click on the “Restart Explorer” button at the bottom right corner.

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That is it. You’ve successfully added a new shortcut to the Win + X menu. If you now open the power user menu, you will see the new shortcut. Following the same procedure, you can add as many shortcuts as you want.

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Additionally, you can also create custom groups too. To do that, click on the “Create a group” option on the top navigation bar.

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Remove Shortcut from Win + X Menu

Just as you can add shortcuts to the Win + X menu, you can remove them too. To do that, simply select the shortcut or group you want to delete and click on the “Remove” button.

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That is it.

Wrapping Up

As you can see, it is pretty easy to edit Win + X menu in Windows and add your own shortcuts or item.

Hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, do check out how to backup start menu layout in Windows 10.

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