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A Guide on Quick Access Menu in Windows 10

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The Quick Access Menu in Windows 10 is perhaps the least known feature in Windows 10. At the same time, this is also the most likely to be used menu by troubleshooting experts. The Quick Access Menu contains most of the advanced options that is needed for troubleshooting.

How to open Quick Access Menu in Windows 10

  • Just right click on Start button to open the menu
  • The keyboard shortcut is Windows Key + X

Tools inside Windows 10 Quick Access Menu

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Programs and Features: Programs and Features option is used to install and uninstall Apps.

A practical use of this option is to see the list of all installed Apps and software. It is possible that malicious programs or toolbar’s may have got installed accidentally. You may go through the list and uninstall these unwanted or malicious program.

Power Options: This feature is use to configure the power settings in your computer.

This option is used to configure stand by mode, power down the entire computer or monitor when it is not in use. If configured correctly, configuring the settings can help you save power or battery life.

Event Viewer: This is an important tool especially in advanced troubleshooting cases.

Event Viewer tool records all events that happen to your system, application, security etc. The recorded events can be used to gather valuable information for troubleshooting. For e.g., the events recorded under the security can be used to find when someone logged into system or if attempts were made to log into the system. Events under Application can be used to find the errors with installed Apps inside the computer.

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System: This tool is used to find the details about your device.
You can see the Operating System information, Processor type, RAM, domain or workgroup information etc. You can also access other options such as Device Manager, Remote settings, System protection and Advanced system settings.

Device Manager: This tool is used to see all the devices connected to your computer.
Looking at this tool, you can see the entire list of devices, which device is working or not, which needs to be updated etc. This is a very important tool for hardware troubleshooting.

Network Connections: This tool is used to find all options related to your network.
You can view the entire list of available and connected WiFi connections in your device. By going to properties, you can do more troubleshooting for network connection related issues.

Disk Management: It is used to manage the partitions in your device.
You can delete, create, change drive letters, format, error checking etc. using the tool. Basically this is the go to tool for any partition related issues.

Computer Management: Computer Management is a window to a whole lot of administrative tools including some of the tools listed in Quick Access Menu. Some of the additional tools includes Task Scheduler, Shared Folders, Local Users and Groups, Performance and Services and Applications.

Command Prompt: The tool is used to open command prompt window without administrative rights. Command prompt is a very useful tool, but it is more useful with administrative rights. It is not clear why the option is listed here especially with another command prompt window in the list. See below.

Command Prompt (administrator): This is used to use command prompt with administrative rights. Very useful tool to get the job done by executing commands.

Task Manager: Task Manager in Windows 10 is a very powerful tool.
You can find Processes, Performance, Application logs, Startup, Users, Details and Services which is very useful for troubleshooting.

Control Panel: Control Panel is the central location where you can find all tools needed for configuring and troubleshooting. Control Panel may not be so popular as it used to be with XP, Win 7 etc. But some expert still like to use control panel for configuring, gathering details and troubleshooting.

File Explorer: The tool used to explore files and folders in your device.

Search: Tool used for doing the search function in Windows 10.
The search tool can be used to find anything inside the device mainly files, folders, tools etc.

Run: Open the Run window by clicking on this tool.
The Run window can be used to execute a command or open a tool directly by entering the shortcut name.

Shut down or sign out: This is used to shut down or restart your device.

Desktop: Click on desktop to take you directly to desktop, no matter if you plenty of open Windows and Applications.

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About the author: Anup Raman A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

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