Personalization Add "Open in Windows Terminal as administrator" context menu in Windows 11


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Windows Terminal is included by default in Windows 11.

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

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Windows 11 includes a Open in Windows Terminal context menu by default when you right click or shift + right click on a folder or folder background, but this does not open Windows Terminal elevated (run as administrator).

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Open in Windows Terminal as administrator context menu for all users in Windows 11.

The Open in Windows Terminal as administrator context menu will allow you to select to open an elevated Windows Terminal to the current folder path with the default shell profile, Command Prompt shell profile, or Windows PowerShell shell profile.

You must be signed in as an administrator to add, remove, and use the "Open in Windows Terminal as administrator" context menu.


EXAMPLE: "Open in Windows Terminal as administrator" context menu

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Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (add-right click), step 3 (add-Shift+right click) , or step 4 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


2 To Add Right Click "Open in Windows Terminal as administrator" Context Menu

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Add_Open_in_Windows_Terminal_as_administrator.reg

Download

If you installed PowerShell 7 and would like to add it to this context menu, then you can download and merge the Add_PowerShell_7_as_admin.reg file below afterwards.

Download

If you installed Ubuntu for WSL or WSL2 and would like to add Ubuntu to this context menu, then you can download and merge the Add_Ubuntu_as_admin.reg file below afterwards.

Download


(Contents of .Add_Open_in_Windows_Terminal_as_administrator.reg file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin]
"HasLUAShield"=""
"MUIVerb"="Open in Windows Terminal as administrator"
"Extended"=-
"SubCommands"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\001flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Default Profile"
"HasLUAShield"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\001flyout\command]
@="powershell.exe -WindowStyle Hidden \"Start-Process -Verb RunAs cmd.exe -ArgumentList @('/c','start wt.exe','-d','\"\"\"%V\\.\"\"\"')\""


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\002flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Command Prompt"
"Icon"="imageres.dll,-5324"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\002flyout\command]
@="powershell.exe -WindowStyle Hidden \"Start-Process -Verb RunAs cmd.exe -ArgumentList @('/c','start wt.exe','-p','\"\"\"Command Prompt\"\"\"','-d','\"\"\"%V\\.\"\"\"')\""


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\003flyout]
"MUIVerb"="PowerShell"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"Icon"="powershell.exe"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\003flyout\command]
@="powershell.exe -WindowStyle Hidden \"Start-Process -Verb RunAs cmd.exe -ArgumentList @('/c','start wt.exe','-p','\"\"\"Windows PowerShell\"\"\"','-d','\"\"\"%1\\.\"\"\"')\""



[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin]
"HasLUAShield"=""
"MUIVerb"="Open in Windows Terminal as administrator"
"Extended"=-
"SubCommands"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\001flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Default Profile"
"HasLUAShield"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\001flyout\command]
@="powershell.exe -WindowStyle Hidden \"Start-Process -Verb RunAs cmd.exe -ArgumentList @('/c','start wt.exe','-d','\"\"\"%V\\.\"\"\"')\""


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\002flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Command Prompt"
"Icon"="imageres.dll,-5324"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\002flyout\command]
@="powershell.exe -WindowStyle Hidden \"Start-Process -Verb RunAs cmd.exe -ArgumentList @('/c','start wt.exe','-p','\"\"\"Command Prompt\"\"\"','-d','\"\"\"%V\\.\"\"\"')\""


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\003flyout]
"MUIVerb"="PowerShell"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"Icon"="powershell.exe"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\003flyout\command]
@="powershell.exe -WindowStyle Hidden \"Start-Process -Verb RunAs cmd.exe -ArgumentList @('/c','start wt.exe','-p','\"\"\"Windows PowerShell\"\"\"','-d','\"\"\"%V\\.\"\"\"')\""


3 To Add Shift + Right Click "Open in Windows Terminal as administrator" Context Menu

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Add_Shift+Open_in_Windows_Terminal_as_administrator.reg

Download

If you installed PowerShell 7 and would like to add it to this context menu, then you can download and merge the Add_PowerShell_7_as_admin.reg file below afterwards.

Download

If you installed Ubuntu for WSL or WSL2 and would like to add Ubuntu to this context menu, then you can download and merge the Add_Ubuntu_as_admin.reg file below afterwards.

Download


(Contents of .reg file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin]
"HasLUAShield"=""
"MUIVerb"="Open in Windows Terminal as administrator"
"Extended"=""
"SubCommands"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\001flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Default Profile"
"HasLUAShield"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\001flyout\command]
@="powershell.exe -WindowStyle Hidden \"Start-Process -Verb RunAs cmd.exe -ArgumentList @('/c','start wt.exe','-d','\"\"\"%V\\.\"\"\"')\""


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\002flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Command Prompt"
"Icon"="imageres.dll,-5324"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\002flyout\command]
@="powershell.exe -WindowStyle Hidden \"Start-Process -Verb RunAs cmd.exe -ArgumentList @('/c','start wt.exe','-p','\"\"\"Command Prompt\"\"\"','-d','\"\"\"%V\\.\"\"\"')\""


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\003flyout]
"MUIVerb"="PowerShell"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"Icon"="powershell.exe"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\003flyout\command]
@="powershell.exe -WindowStyle Hidden \"Start-Process -Verb RunAs cmd.exe -ArgumentList @('/c','start wt.exe','-p','\"\"\"Windows PowerShell\"\"\"','-d','\"\"\"%1\\.\"\"\"')\""



[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin]
"HasLUAShield"=""
"MUIVerb"="Open in Windows Terminal as administrator"
"Extended"=-
"SubCommands"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\001flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Default Profile"
"HasLUAShield"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\001flyout\command]
@="powershell.exe -WindowStyle Hidden \"Start-Process -Verb RunAs cmd.exe -ArgumentList @('/c','start wt.exe','-d','\"\"\"%V\\.\"\"\"')\""


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\002flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Command Prompt"
"Icon"="imageres.dll,-5324"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\002flyout\command]
@="powershell.exe -WindowStyle Hidden \"Start-Process -Verb RunAs cmd.exe -ArgumentList @('/c','start wt.exe','-p','\"\"\"Command Prompt\"\"\"','-d','\"\"\"%V\\.\"\"\"')\""


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\003flyout]
"MUIVerb"="PowerShell"
"HasLUAShield"=""
"Icon"="powershell.exe"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\Shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin\shell\003flyout\command]
@="powershell.exe -WindowStyle Hidden \"Start-Process -Verb RunAs cmd.exe -ArgumentList @('/c','start wt.exe','-p','\"\"\"Windows PowerShell\"\"\"','-d','\"\"\"%V\\.\"\"\"')\""


4 To Remove "Open in Windows Terminal as administrator" Context Menu

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Remove_Open_in_Windows_Terminal_as_administrator.reg

Download

(Contents of .reg file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\OpenWTHereAsAdmin]


5 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

6 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

7 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Archigos

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Is there a way to reorder this list? I like in your screenshot that the Admin prompt is right below the standard one... however mine has "Atom" in between them.

Screenshot 2022-01-23 21.56.16.png
 

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Is there a way to reorder this list? I like in your screenshot that the Admin prompt is right below the standard one... however mine has "Atom" in between them.

Hello, :)

You could add the line below to the first section of the REG file for each context menu to move them to the bottom so they be together there.

"Position"="Bottom"
 

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I was able to move the Admin prompt to the bottom, but got an error (I think it was about permissions) trying to move the normal terminal to the bottom as well. So I just removed that from the Admin prompt and moved Atom to the bottom instead and they are together now. Oh, and I renamed it. :)

Screenshot 2022-01-24 10.38.23.png
 

My Computers

System One System Two

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    HP Pavilion Laptop 15-eg0070wm
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
  • Operating System
    macOS Big Sur
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    Apple iMac 27" 5K (2017)
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    3.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    Memory
    40 GB 2400 MHz DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Radeon Pro 570 4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    27" 5K, 34" UW
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    Mon 1: 5120 × 2880 Mon 2: 2560 x 1080
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Brink

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I was able to move the Admin prompt to the bottom, but got an error (I think it was about permissions) trying to move the normal terminal to the bottom as well. So I just removed that from the Admin prompt and moved Atom to the bottom instead and they are together now. Oh, and I renamed it. :)
That'll work. :party:
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
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    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    HP Spectre x360 2in1
    CPU
    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
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    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
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    3840 x 2160
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I can't get the entry to the bottom on Desktop unless I create a .reg for DesktopBackground...,
and..., to get it ALL the way to the bottom, you have to prefix the key with a blank character...

Edit:
It's actually advantageous when you have an MUIVerb, then you can change the key name to shuffle the hierarchy but the entry in the menu remains where it should, un-bulleted.

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Great! But how about just "Open in Windows Terminal as administrator" on default profile? Thanks!
 

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Brink

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Great! But how about just "Open in Windows Terminal as administrator" on default profile? Thanks!

Hello,

I'm afraid a profile is just the shell (ex: Command Prompt vs PowerShell) instead of "Open in Windows Terminal" vs "Open in Windows Terminal as administrator". :(

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1
    CPU
    i7-1065G7 3.9 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR4-3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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