Win + X menu (also known as quick access menu) is a hidden menu in Windows 8 that provides quick access to various system tools. The menu can be accessed either by moving mouse cursor to the extreme lower, left corner of the screen and then by right-clicking, or by simultaneously pressing Windows + X keys, hence the name Win + X menu.
By default, one can access various system tools including Power Options, Device Manager, Control Panel, Command Prompt, Search, Task Manager, Event Viewer, and Disk Management with the help of Win + X menu. One can easily customize this menu by adding, editing, or removing entries with the help of Win + X Menu Editor. See our guide how to customize Win + X menu using Win + X Menu Editor for more information.
As we all know, shutdown, hibernate, sleep, and restart options aren’t easily accessible in Windows 8. One needs to move the mouse cursor to the extreme, upper right corner of the screen, click on Settings, click on Power to view power options. For the quick access, you may like to add power options to the Win + X menu. If you are looking for a tool to quickly add power options to the quick access menu, you should try out Windows 8 Power Shortcuts.
Windows 8 Power Shortcuts is a free script to add lock, sign out, sleep, shut down, and restart options to the quick access menu or Win + X menu. Download, double-click on the executable to see the Command Prompt window and then press any key when asked to do so. Once done, you need to log off and log on to see the new entries in the Win + X menu.
Windows 8 Power Shortcuts is compatible with both x86 and x64 systems. Please note this tool is only for Windows 8 and doesn’t work in previous versions of Windows.