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[Windows 8] How to quickly open File Explorer, Run, CMD, Control Panel, and more — use ‘Administrative Menu’

The most annoyed change in Windows 8 for desktop users is the lack of Start menu. From Windows 95, Start menu became a place to start every work you want to do in Windows. Despite replacing Start menu with Start screen, which contains live tiles of apps, Windows 8 provides a thing that called “Administrative menu” to help you open some administrative tools quickly. This menu can be accessed anytime in desktop and Windows Store apps. Additionally, you can show these tools in Start screen. In this article, I will show you how to do this.

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Administrative menu contains tools for users to manage and change settings in their system. With this menu, you can run File Explorer, Run dialog, Control Panel or Command Prompt (CMD). For the full list of tools in this menu, you can see the photo below.

HOW TO OPEN ADMINISTRATIVE MENU

There are two ways to open the menu. They are designed for best use with mouse and keyboard.

HOW TO SHOW ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS IN START SCREEN

If you want to show Administrative tools in Start screen, you should follow these steps. You may want to know that these tools are not exactly what are in the Administrative menu.

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CONCLUSION

Administrative menu somehow brings the feel of Start menu back to Windows 8. Hope you can find this article helpful.