Like most things in life there are two type of Windows 8.1 users. Those who live and breathe the Modern UI, and those that stay as far away from Metro and like to spend their time in the tried and tested traditional desktop environment.

Sure, these can then be further divided into the uncompromising and those that hover around the two (radically different) user interfaces, depending on the task.

Microsoft addressed these type of users, primarily, when it added back in the Start Button in Windows 8.1. This, along with the Win+X menu provides simple access to the most-used options in the new operating system — everything from the Mobility Center to Disk Management and Shut down.

The Win+X menu is available by right-clicking on the Start Button, or by pressing Winkey (the key with the Windows logo on your keyboard) and X. You will find the most used options already in this menu.

But if you want to add more, there is a nifty way to do so.

Just download the Win+X Menu Editor (small file, just 456KB), a simple application with a clean and approachable design that lets you rearrange the default entries and even add your own, in order to make this small menu more usable according to your needs.

Adding an entry comes down to going to the “Add a program” option and selecting from your apps, software programs, Control Panel items, Administrative Tools, etc. You can even group these items.

As mentioned above, this free application is well designed, clutter free (making it easy for novice users to pick up) and does not affect system reliability or performance in any way. It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

You can download the Win+X Menu Editor here at this link.

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  • Ray C

    I’ll check it out

    • Fahad Ali

      Yeah, quite a useful tool to have.

      I have it on all three of my computers, safely tucked away in a Utilities folder. The best thing is that it does not every require installation, so no negative effects on system performance.