The Windows Start menu is not a simple application binder, but it can also be useful for accessing some advanced Windows settings, without having to search for them in the Control Panel or the Settings app. To access these items, simply press the right mouse button over the Start menu or press the shortcut WIN+X and select the desired item.
On Windows 11 the special functions of the Start menu have become even more important, since clicking with the right mouse button on the taskbar will only get the shortcut to open the bar settings.
In the guide that follows we will show you in detail how to use special functions of the Start menu on Windows 11, to be remembered by heart every time we have to change some options on Windows. These special features are also available on the Windows 10 Start menu.
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App and features
Pressing on this item we can quickly access the menu where all the apps installed on the system are present. From this menu we can uninstall installed apps and programs, choose where to install apps, share app experiences between devices, access alias settings and archive apps.
On Windows 10 the menu is very similar but the uninstallation of non-Modern apps still occurs from Control Panelwhich will be opened when needed.
Portable PC Center
This entry opens the center dedicated to portable PCs, where there are quick shortcuts to adjust the screen brightness, the volume level, view the battery status, choose the energy saving profile, connect a new screen and adjust the settings of the synchronization.
The menu is identical on Windows 10, so we can use the same items to adjust settings on an old laptop.
This entry is a convenient shortcut to immediately access the Windows shutdown settings, so you can decide when the screen turns off and when the system goes to sleep. The options are very useful on a laptop and on Windows 11 it also shows energy saving tips, as well as showing a table of electricity consumption.
On Windows 10 the menu is much simpler and allows you to adjust the deactivation of the screen (in electric mode and beat) and to access additional energy saving settings.
With this entry we will immediately open the Windows event viewer, which is essential to identify a startup problem or sudden reboot. To read the information contained in this menu, please read the guide on how fix Windows errors from the Event Viewer.
Again the menu is identical on Windows 10.
One of the best known special menus is Device management, which shows all the peripherals connected to the PC and allows, in case of problems, to uninstall or reinstall the drivers, as well as showing the error code of some peripheral (in case an error triangle appears). To learn how to use this menu we can read the article on Windows Device Manager error codes and solutions.
The menu is in fact identical on Windows 10, only some details change on a graphic level.
This menu allows you to quickly access the network connections menu, very useful in case of connection problems or if we need to find out which network we are using (Ethernet, Wi-Fi or Hotspot).
On Windows 11 it shows a whole series of options related to network connections, including the menu for the hotspot, the menu for the VPNs and the menu to activate airplane mode; on Windows the menu is different, immediately showing the active connection and showing only the advanced tab options.
Another very popular special menu is undoubtedly Disk management, which opens the system tool dedicated to managing the disk and the partitions present in it. With it we can reduce the size of partitions, create new partitions or initialize a new disk connected to the computer.
The menu is identical on Windows 10, so the guides designed for Windows 11 can also be used on the previous operating system produced by Microsoft.
For system administrators and IT experts it can be very useful to open Computer Management, where you can find all the administration tools designed by Microsoft to solve most of the system problems and to check what works and what is wrong.
As with many other menus seen so far too Computer management it is identical on Windows 10, presenting the same options.
As a special menu you can select either the Terminale Windows both the Terminale Windows (Admin), the latter with administrative permits. Both items do not open the command prompt but open Windows PowerShell or one of the other shells supported by the system, so that you can launch different types of commands in the same window.
On Windows 10 we do not find Windows Terminal but the wording Windows PowerShellwhich immediately opens the enhanced version of the prompt.
This menu is the classic Task Manager di Windows, where there are open apps, processes, applications at startup, active services, users, and operating system and computer performance tabs. On Windows 11 this is the quickest way to access the Task Manager, as the right mouse button no longer works on the taskbar.
Also on Windows 10 the menu opens the Task Manager but it is a less used shortcut since the right mouse button on the taskbar works very well.
Pressing on this item we will immediately open the menu of Windows settings, without having to search for it in the Start menu. We would like to warn you that this item opens the new menu and not the Control Panel.
The menu is identical on Windows 10.
With this item we will have access to the Windows management system, so as to be able to open the system folders, personal folders, cloud space, connected keys and disks and any network resources configured.
Obviously the same item opens the management system on Windows 10, which we remember is slightly different than the one visible on Windows 11.
With this menu we will open the Start search menu, useful for searching personal files, applications, settings options, websites and much more. In fact, it replaces the old search bar present on Windows 10 since its origins.
In fact, on Windows 10 this item expands the Search menu next to the Start button, so you can start a search even if we had hidden the bar.
This menu is an alternative shortcut to WIN+R and then allows you to open the famous window Run. From the window in question we can launch many commands (such as regedit) and access hidden Windows functions.
This menu is also identical on Windows 10.
Close or log out
The menu in question offers all system shutdown, restart and suspend buttons without having to press the appropriate button in the traditional Start menu. It can be a good alternative to shutdown or reboot your system on the fly.
On Windows 10 there are the same shutdown items, presenting themselves as a good alternative to the button on Start.
Pressing on this menu will minimize all the windows in the foreground and show the desktop. The command is useful if we are already with the mouse near the Start menu and we want to avoid having to press in the lower right corner.
Even on Windows 10 the menu offers a valid shortcut for access the desktop without having to close active windows.
As we have seen, the special Start menu hides many hidden options, useful for opening some Windows options, for solving problems of all kinds and for searching for files and folders without going to the actual Start menu. This special menu is also a good shortcut for Task Manager and the Shutdown menu on Windows 11.
To customize the Start menu, we recommend that you read our guides on how customize the Windows taskbar and how modify the Windows 11 taskbar with programs and tricks.