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Windows 11 has a secret Start menu — here's how to access it

Windows 11 secret menu
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For those who constantly forget where the task manager is or can never find where to access the Run Command on Windows 11 without first looking it up on Google, fear not.

While Windows 11’s Start menu is an easy way to access pinned apps and more, it doesn’t let you easily access the nooks and crannies of your PC. Luckily, there’s a somewhat secret Start menu hiding within the icon that gives you a bundle of options, such as accessing your system’s specs, opening task manager and the Run command, checking device and computer management, and plenty more. 

How to access Windows 11's secret Start menu

Accessing Window 11's hidden Start menu is easy. In fact, all it takes is a simple right-click or a keyboard shortcut. It can be incredibly handy to find your PC's more detailed options, especially if you don't know where they are in the first place.

Follow the simple steps below to use Window 11's other Start menu. 

  • On your Windows 11 PC, right-click the Start menu icon on the taskbar. 
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  • Alternatively, hit Windows key + X and the menu will pop up.

That's right, it's that simple. All it takes is a simple right-click on the Start menu icon and the once hidden menu will appear. Some may find it easier to use the keyboard shortcut, as you can navigate through it with the directional keys and hit enter — all without touching your mouse or touchpad. 

For more simple yet effective Windows 11 tricks to make your life easier, we've got you covered. 

Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from washing machines designed for AirPods to the mischievous world of cyberattacks. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for gadgets into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. With a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from The University of Sheffield, along with short stints at Kerrang! and Exposed Magazine, Darragh started his career writing about the tech industry at Time Out Dubai and ShortList Dubai, covering everything from the latest iPhone models and Huawei laptops to massive Esports events in the Middle East. Now, he can be found proudly diving into gaming, gadgets, and letting readers know the joys of docking stations for Laptop Mag.