PowerShell is a command line shell and a more powerful scripting language than the command prompt. Since the launch of Windows 10, it has become the default option and there are many ways to open it.
PowerShell is more complicated to use, but it is much more robust and more powerful than the Command Line. Therefore, it has become the preferred scripting language and command line interface for advanced users and IT professionals, competing favorably with other Linux and Unix shells.
PowerShell is a handy tool that uses cmdlets (pronounced «command-let») that allow you to do very interesting things, such as automate windows or automatically connect to a VPN when you start specific applications.
While you can open PowerShell from the Start menu, this list includes some (potentially) easier and lesser known ways to run this tool.
From the advanced users menu
The Power Users menu appears on the taskbar when you press Windows + X. It’s an easy way to access a multitude of system settings, utilities, and programs from a single menu.
To open PowerShell from this menu, press Windows + X, then click «Windows PowerShell» or «Windows PowerShell (Admin)».
Please note that since then Update creators for Windows 10, PowerShell appears in the Power Users menu by default. If you don’t see it, your computer may not be up to date or replaced with the command prompt in the Settings menu.
It’s easy to display PowerShell in the menu again. Follow our steps here, But check the «Replace command prompt with Windows PowerShell» option.
From a search in the start menu
Probably one of the fastest ways to open PowerShell is by looking in the Start menu. Just click the Start or Search icon and then type «powershell» in the search box.
Now click «Open» or «Run as administrator» to open PowerShell normally or with administrative privileges.
Scroll through all the applications in the Start menu
Because PowerShell is a default program for Windows 10, you can find its application icon in the «All Applications» section of the Start menu.
Just click the Start icon and then «All Apps» to expand the list of apps installed on your computer.
Scroll down, click the «Windows PowerShell» folder, then select «Windows PowerShell» to open it.
To run PowerShell with administrator privileges, right-click the icon, and then click «Run as administrator» in the context menu that appears.
From the treadmill
Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box, and then type «powershell» in the text box. You can click «OK» (or press Enter) to open a normal PowerShell window, or press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open a raised PowerShell window.
From the File Explorer menu of the file
If you need to open an instance of PowerShell from a specific folder on your computer, you can use File Explorer to launch it in the currently selected directory.
To do this, open File Explorer and navigate to the folder from which you want to open a PowerShell window.
Once there, click «File,» hover over «Open Windows PowerShell,» and select one of the following options:
- «Open Windows PowerShell»: This opens a PowerShell window in the current folder with standard permissions.
- «Open Windows PowerShell as administrator»: This opens a PowerShell window in the current folder with administrator permissions.
Note that this method does not work in the «Quick Access» directory. You’ll find the option to open PowerShell in gray when you click «File.»
From the File Explorer address bar
To open PowerShell from the File Explorer address bar, open File Explorer. Click the address bar, type «powershell,» and then press Enter.
PowerShell will open with the current folder path already configured.
This Task Manager
To open Task Manager, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc. In the window that appears, click «More details».
Now click File> Run New Activity.
Type «powershell» in the text box, and then click «OK» to continue.
If you want to run PowerShell with administrator permissions, make sure the «Create this task with administrator privileges» option is selected.
From the context menu, right-click
Another way to open Windows PowerShell from anywhere is through the right-click context menu. However, if you right-click on the folder, you will not see the option. Instead, press Shift by right-clicking. This opens the context menu and includes the «Open PowerShell window here» option.
You can also permanently add PowerShell to the right-click context menu this registry hack.
Create a Desktop PowerShell shortcut
If you prefer to click an icon to open PowerShell, it’s easy to create one for your desktop.
To do this, right-click an empty spot on your desktop. In the context menu, click New> Shortcut.
In the window that appears, type «powershell» in the text box, and then click «Next» to continue.
Give the shortcut a name and then click «Finish» to create it.
Now, every time you double-click the icon, PowerShell will open.
If you want to open PowerShell with administrative privileges, right-click the shortcut and choose «Properties» from the context menu.
Finally, check the box next to the «Run as administrator» option to allow the shortcut to run with the highest privileges.
Click «OK» on both windows to save the changes and close the property windows.