Windows 10: Add Custom Shortcuts to Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10

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    Add Custom Shortcuts to Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10


    How to: Add Custom Shortcuts to Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10

    How to Add Custom Shortcuts to Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10


    The Win+X Quick Link menu is a pop-up menu from the Start button that includes shortcuts of common management, configuration, and other power user Windows tools.

    This tutorial will show you how to add any custom shortcuts you want to the Win+X Quick Link menu for your account in Windows 10.


    EXAMPLE: Default shortcuts and groups on Win+X Quick Link menu

    Add Custom Shortcuts to Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10 [​IMG]




    Here's How:

    1. Download the hashlnk_0.2.0.0.zip file by Rafael Rivera on GitHub.
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    2. Unblock the hashlnk_0.2.0.0.zip file.

    3. Extract (drag and drop) the hashlnk.exe file from the hashlnk_0.2.0.0.zip file, and save the hashlnk.exe file to where (ex: Desktop) you like.

    4. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    5. Copy and paste %LocalAppdata%\Microsoft\Windows\WinX into the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter.

    6. Open the Group1 (bottom), Group2 (middle), or Group3 (top) folder for the Win+X Quick Link menu group you want to add a shortcut to. (see screenshot below)

    *tip If you would like to add more group(s) to the top of the Win+X menu, then you can create a new Group4, Group5, etc... folder to open and add shortcuts to.

    Add Custom Shortcuts to Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    7. Create a shortcut for any app or item (ex: "Registry Editor") you want in this Group1, Group2, Group3, etc... folder. Leave this File Explorer window open. (see screenshots below)

    *note If you wanted to remove a shortcut from your Win+X Quick Link menu, you can just delete the shortcut from the Group1, Group2, Group3, etc... folder, and go to step 11.

    Add Custom Shortcuts to Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    Add Custom Shortcuts to Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10 [​IMG]


    Add Custom Shortcuts to Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    8. Open a command prompt.

    9. Perform the following actions in the command prompt: (see screenshot below)
    A) Copy and paste the full path wrapped in quotes of the hashlnk.exe file from step 3 into the command prompt.

    B) Add a space after the path above.

    C) Copy and paste the full path wrapped in quotes of the new shortcut from step 7 into the command prompt.

    D) Press Enter.

    For example: "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\hashlnk.exe" "C:\Users\Brink\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\Group2\Registry Editor.lnk"


    Add Custom Shortcuts to Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    10. You can now close the command prompt and File Explorer if you like, and delete the hashlnk.exe file from step 3 if you like.

    11. sign in to apply your changes to the Win+X Quick Link menu.

    12. You can now open your Win+X Quick Link menu to see your new shortcut (ex: "Registry Editor") added. (see screenshot below)

    Add Custom Shortcuts to Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10 [​IMG]


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Brink, May 23, 2018
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    Hello realista87, *Smile

    You can use the method in the tutorial below to add custom shortcuts to any of the 3 groups in the Win+X Quick Link menu.

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    Brink, Oct 27, 2019
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    Add Custom Shortcuts to Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10

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    I haven't seen a way to add icons to items in the Win+X menu.

    If you like, items in the Start menu All Apps list will have icons on its items.
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    Brink, Oct 27, 2019
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  5. Brink Win User
    Add Custom Shortcuts to Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10  

    Hello realista87, *Smile

    Shortcuts for the Win+X menu won't work unless they are hash files. The hashlink.exe file is a command tool that will make the shortcut a hash file.

    The shortcuts need to be in the 1/2/3 group folders when you use the hashlink.exe file (command) on them, or they will not work or be in the Win+X menu.
     
    Brink, Oct 27, 2019
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    I hate the fact that the control panel classic is missing from windows 10. My work around was simply to type in control panel in the start menu search bar and then pin the resulting control panel shortcut to the start menu quick access panel or taskbar

    I think I'm unwilling to change with the times *Smile Add Custom Shortcuts to Win+X Quick Link Menu in Windows 10 :)
     
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