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The hidden start menu in Windows 8.1

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 | By Andrew Sadauskas

One of the most common complaints about Windows 8 from long-time users was the lack of a traditional start menu.


With Windows 8.1, Microsoft reintroduced the start button, only to have it switch the user to the tile-based start screen. However, some of the original start menu functionality is still there – and here’s how to exit it.


Instead of tapping on the start button or clicking on it with the left mouse button, do a long press on the button or click it with the right mouse button.


The hidden start menu should appear, giving you access to a range of features including an option to shut down, launch the control panel, or access the task manager.