How to Open Windows PowerShell

In this post, we’ll see:

Let us start.

Open Windows PowerShell in Windows 10

Here, we’ll see the diverse ways to open Windows PowerShell. Let’s see what they are.

Method #1

You can launch PowerShell in Windows 10 using the command powershell. You can use this command in the following programs:

  • Run Command
  • File Explorer address bar
  • Address toolbar
  • Task Manager (click on File > Run new task to use the command)

Or you can use the command start powershell in the Command Prompt to do this task.

Method #2

Right-click on the “Start” button and it’ll open the Power user menu. Hit “Windows PowerShell.”

Method #3

Open Start menu. Find and open the “Windows PowerShell” folder. You can see “Windows PowerShell.” Click on it.

Method #4

Open Start menu and then type powershell. You can see the Windows PowerShell app in the search results. Click on it.

Method #5

Go to the System32 folder > WindowsPowerShell folder > v1.0 folder. Find and double-click the “powershell” file.

Method #6

Open the File Explorer. Go to any folder or drive OR select any folder or drive (when you’re in Quick access or This PC).

Click “File” at the top. Hover the mouse over “Open Windows PowerShell.” Now you can see two options:

“Open Windows PowerShell,” and “Open Windows PowerShell as administrator.” Click the former.


Open Elevated PowerShell in Windows 10

Windows PowerShell with Administrator privileges is known as elevated Windows PowerShell.

Here, we’ll see the unique methods to open elevated PowerShell in Windows 10. Let’s see what they are.

Method #1

Right-click on the “Start” button and then hit “Windows Powershell (Admin).” In the User Account Control pop-up, click “Yes.”

Now, you can see “Windows PowerShell.” In the title, you can see “Administrator.” It states that you opened the PowerShell as an administrator.

Method #2

Open Run Command. Type powershell and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys. In the UAC pop-up, click “Yes.”

Method #3

Open Start menu. Find and click the “Windows PowerShell” folder. Now you can see “Windows PowerShell.” Right-click on it.

You can view the “Run as Administrator” option. Hit it. Click on the “Yes” button in the UAC pop-up.

Method #4

Open Start menu. Type powershell. Now, you can see Windows PowerShell in the search results.

Right-click on it, and you can see “Run as administrator.” Click on it. In the UAC pop-up, click “Yes.”

Method #5

Open Task Manager. Click File > Run new task.

In the “Create new task” box, type powershell. Select “Create this task with administrative privileges.” Press the “Enter” key.

Method #6

Open Command Prompt as Administrator. Type start powershell and then press the “Enter” key.

Method #7

Go to the following location on your PC – C: > Windows > System32 > WindowsPowerShell > v1.0 folder.

Find and right-click the “powershell” file. Choose “Run as administrator.” Click on “Yes” in UAC pop-up.

Method #8

Open File Explorer. Go to any folder or drive OR select any folder or drive (when you are in Quick Access or This PC).

Click on “File” at the top. Hover your mouse over “Open Windows PowerShell.” Now, you can see these two options:

“Open Windows PowerShell” and “Open Windows PowerShell as administrator.”

Click on the “Open Windows PowerShell as administrator” option. In the UAC pop-up, click “Yes.”


Create a Windows PowerShell Shortcut

Here, we will see the steps to create a Windows PowerShell shortcut in the Windows 10 desktop.

But remember that the steps are the same for creating a shortcut on File Explorer. Let us begin.

Right-click on your desktop’s blank area. Hover your mouse over “New.” Hit “Shortcut,” which you can find under “Folder.”

In the “Create Shortcut” pop-up, type powershell. Hit the “Next” button.

Now, provide the name for the shortcut as per your liking if you don’t like the suggested name. Click on the “Finish” button.