Finding the Quick Access Menu
Windows 10’s Quick Access Menu – sometimes called the Expert Menu, Power User Menu, or Admin Menu – consolidates many advanced system tools and utilities in one place. It also includes quick links to the Control Panel, Task Manager, and File Explorer, as well as the ability to Run and Search for apps. In short, it’s the go-to menu when you need to do just about everything power users like to do.
From here, I’ll tell you what each of these Quick Access Menu options does.
Programs and Features: browse through a list of your computer’s installed applications.
Network Connections: configure your computer’s network settings, connect to another network, or create one yourself.
Power Options: on laptops, activate a “Power Saver Mode” and modify other options related to your computer’s power, like screen brightness.
Event Viewer: see what programs were executed by who and when, as well as what system settings were modified.
System: view your operating system version, your Windows rating, your processor, your RAM, your OS type (32 or 64-bit), your computer’s name, and your product ID.
Device Manager: view, edit, delete and upgrade device drivers in or connected to your machine.
Disk Management: create partitions, delete them, merge them, shrink them, and modify any other disks connected to your computer.
Computer Management: view/enable Task Scheduler, Event Viewer, Shared Folders, Local Users and Groups, Performance, and Device Manager.
Command Prompt: access the command prompt, which will allow you to run specialized commands such as chkdsk and sfc /scannow.
Command Prompt (Admin): like above, but with elevated privileges.
Task Manager: view currently running applications, processes and services, as well as performance charts, networking diagrams, and descriptions of users currently logged in
Control Panel: adjust Security, Network, Hardware, Account and Personalization options, as well as uninstall programs and modify Ease of Access options.
Windows Explorer: search, organize, rename, delete, and access the files strewn across your flash drive, hard drive, and other storage media connected to your computer.
Run: choose a program to execute.
Shutdown or sign out: By right-click on the 'Start button' on the traditional desktop. This brings up a menu, which is also accessible by pressing Windows-X, where you have the old Shut down or sign out menu.
Desktop: view your Desktop.