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The WinX menu contains a lot of useful shortcuts which you can access by using Windows + X + the underlined shortcut key.

WinX Menu

In the actual WinX location (%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\Group3) Group3 has Powershell and Admin Powershell, but they aren't actually on the menu.

WinX - Group3

Is there a way that I can make Powershell appear on my WinX menu or is there a WinX combination like Windows + X + P that I can use to open Powershell?

  • BTW, don't try to modify the existing shortcuts unless you're fine with breaking with Win X menu! When I changed the startup folder of Command Prompt the entries disappeared from my Win X window D: (it was fixed when I updated to a new version of Windows.) – Carl Walsh Sep 28 '16 at 18:11
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Is there a way that I can make Powershell appear on the Win+X menu

You can replace the "Command Prompt" and "Command Prompt (Admin)" entries with "Windows PowerShell" and "Windows PowerShell (Admin)".

"Windows PowerShell" is only an option for the Power User Menu if you've updated to Windows 8.1 or greater.


How To Switch Command Prompt & PowerShell on the Win+X Menu in Windows 8

The Windows 8.1 update made the Power User Menu easier to access thanks to the newly added Start button, but also enabled a new option to replace the Command Prompt shortcuts on the Win+X Menu with Windows PowerShell shortcuts, a more robust command line tool.

  1. Open the Windows 8 "Control Panel". The Apps screen is probably the quickest way to do this on a touch interface but, ironically enough, you can also get there from the Power User Menu.

    Tip: If you're using a mouse and have the Desktop open, just right-click on the taskbar and then click "Properties". Skip to Step 4 if you do this.

  2. In the "Control Panel" window, tap or click on "Appearance and Personalization".

    Note: The "Appearance and Personalization" applet won't exist if your Control Panel view is set to Small icons or Large icons. In either of those views, tap or click on "Taskbar and Navigation" and then move on to Step 4.

  3. On the "Appearance and Personalization" screen, tap or click on "Taskbar and Navigation".

  4. Tap or click the "Navigation" tab on the "Taskbar and Navigation" window that should now be open. It's just to the right of the "Taskbar" tab that you're probably on now.

  5. In the "Corner navigation" area of this window, check the box next to "Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the lower-left corner or press Windows key+X."

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  6. Tap or click "OK" to confirm this change.

  7. From now on, "Windows PowerShell" and "Windows PowerShell (Admin)" will be available via the Power User Menu instead of "Command Prompt" and "Command Prompt (Admin)".

Source How To Switch Command Prompt & PowerShell on the WIN+X Menu in Windows 8

  • Wow. I didn't think it would be so simple. – QMord Oct 8 '15 at 19:47
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    @QMord Hehe. You're welcome ;) – DavidPostill Oct 8 '15 at 19:48
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You create a shortcut in the desktop folder. Then you set its hidden property to true and assign it a shortcut e.g Ctrl+P

  • That is a way to launch powershell via hotkeys, but it is not an answer to the question that was asked. – EBGreen Oct 8 '15 at 19:03
  • @EBGreen that's what he said he wanted – Isaac Walker-cox Oct 8 '15 at 19:20
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    What he asked for was a way to access Powershell via the Win + x menu. – EBGreen Oct 8 '15 at 19:30
  • @EBGreen "or is there a WinX combination like Windows + X + P that I can use to open Powershell?" is what he actually said. – Isaac Walker-cox Oct 9 '15 at 19:15
  • That is correct. Your solution does not leverage the Windows + X interface at all. Which is what he asked for. – EBGreen Oct 9 '15 at 19:17

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