How to Add a Custom Shortcut to WinX Menu on Windows 11

The Windows Power User menu accessed by pressing the  Winx keys on your keyboard displays a list of quick shortcuts to system management and configuration tools that are otherwise a few menu hops away.

Although the Power User Menu aka WinX menu is not officially customizable, thanks to an individual contributor on GitHub, you can simply download and run a hash file on your device to add whatever shortcuts you want to the menu.

Download and run the hash file to add a custom shortcut

Although it may sound a bit technical, the process actually does not require any technical know-how. Just follow the instructions below and you’ll be done before you know it.

First, head to the link  github.com/riverar/hashlnk  using your favorite browser. Then click on the ‘Download’ button to download the  hashlnk_xxx.zipfile.

Once the file is downloaded, navigate to the directory where you saved it. Next, right-click on the  hashlnk_xxx.zipfile and choose the “Extract All” option from the menu. This will bring up a separate window on your screen.

Next, click on the ‘Extract’ button to extract the contents of the zip file to a separate folder in the same directory. If you want to change directory, click the “Browse” button and choose your preferred directory to extract the files to.

Once extracted, right click on the  hashlnk.exefile and click on the ‘Properties’ option.

Then select the file path and copy it by pressing the  Ctrl+  keys simultaneously on Cyour keyboard and temporarily save it somewhere (like in a notepad) as it will be used in the following steps.

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Now type or copy-paste the address below into the File Explorer address bar and tap  Enteryour keyboard to access it.

C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX

Next, click on the group in which you want to place the shortcut. “Group 1” corresponds to the bottom two options of the menu, “Group 2” corresponds to the options in the middle section and “Group 3” corresponds to the top section of the menu.

Then, once inside the folder, right-click on the empty space and hover over the “New” option. Next, click on the “Shortcut” option to continue. This will bring an overlay window to your screen.

Then click on the ‘Browse’ button to continue. This will bring up a file explorer window on your screen.

After that, navigate to the application, file or folder that you want to add to the menu and click on the “OK” button to continue.

Now click on the ‘Next’ button to continue.

Then type the name of the shortcut or leave it as is if you want to use the default name. Then click on the ‘Finish’ button.

You will now be able to see the shortcut created in the folder.

Now head to the start menu and type  Terminalto search. After that, click on the “Terminal” tile to continue.

Next, click on the chevron (down arrow) and then click to choose the “Command Prompt” option to continue. This will open the command prompt in a separate tab.

Next, in the Command Prompt tab, first type or copy-paste the quoted location path of the  hashlnk.exefile you copied earlier. After that, enter the path of the shortcut you want to add to the menu and press Enter on your keyboard to run it. Make sure you have a space between the quotes.

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Note:  You can also copy and paste the code below, just be sure to change the path in the code.

"C:\Users\arhaa\Downloads\hashlnk\hashInk.exe"  "C:\Users\arhaa\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\Group2\Steam.ink"

And that’s it, you have successfully added the custom shortcut in the Win+X menu. You can also repeat the process to add other shortcuts as you wish.

Once you’ve added all the shortcuts, go to the start menu and click on your account picture. Next, click on the “Sign Out” option. After that, log back into your account.

Once logged in, bring up the Power User menu by pressing the Win + X keys simultaneously. You will be able to see your shortcuts added in the menu.

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