Six clicks: Weird tricks that will actually make you happier with Windows 8.1
Summary: Each new update chips away at the annoyances of Windows 8. Here are six power features that are new or improved with the Windows 8.1 update due in a couple of weeks.
By Ed Bott for The Ed Bott Report | March 28, 2014 -- 19:36 GMT
Add the Win+X power menu to your toolkit
Beginning with Windows 8.1, Microsoft restored the Start button to the left side of the taskbar. Click it and you go straight to the Start screen, not to a Start menu. Ah, but right-clickthat Start button and you get a menu that will make a Windows geek's eyes well up with tears of joy. Virtually every common administrative tool is there, including an option to open a Command Prompt or PowerShell window using an administrator's credentials. This menu is available on a touchscreen as well. Just tap and hold the Start button for a second or two, then release it to display this menu.