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August 27, 2015

Windows 10 ‘other’ Start menu

windows_10_technical_preview_windows_10_logo_microsoft_97543_2560x1440Windows 10 has “another” Start menu. It’s not something you have to turn on, it’s just a little trick that makes accessing important features, such as the Command Prompt, the Control Panel and the Task Manager much easier.

To access this ‘other’ Start menu, all you have to do is right-click the Windows icon/Start button. You’ll see a pop-up menu with a variety of administrative tools, as well as shutdown options and a Desktop link for quickly viewing the desktop (you can also do this by clicking the small, sectioned-off part at the very right side of your taskbar).


Other menu

If you’re using a touchscreen, you can access this menu by tapping and holding the Start button for a couple of seconds.

I’m a big fan of making things easier and this shortcut menu is just that. Iit lets you access tools that you would normally have to go through multiple menus to get to. For example, the Event Viewer, System information, and disk and computer management tools can be found in Start > All apps > Windows Administrative Tools, while the Command Prompt, Control Panel, Task Manager, and Run command are found in Start > All apps > Windows System. The “other” Start menu puts all of these handy tools right at your fingertips in one click.


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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini