Apps Open Elevated Windows Terminal as Administrator in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you different ways to open an elevated Windows Terminal to Run as Administrator in Windows 11.

Windows Terminal is a modern host application for the command-line shells you already love, like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and bash (via Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)). Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and the ability to create your own themes and customize text, colors, backgrounds, and shortcuts.

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You must be signed in as an administrator to open Windows Terminal (Admin).




Contents

  • Option One: Open Windows Terminal (Admin) from Win+X Quick Link Menu
  • Option Two: Open Windows Terminal (Admin) from Start Menu
  • Option Three: Open Windows Terminal (Admin) from Search
  • Option Four: Open Windows Terminal (Admin) from Task Manager
  • Option Five: Open Windows Terminal (Admin) from Run


EXAMPLE: Windows Terminal (Admin)

You can select which shell to open in Windows Terminal (Admin).


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Option One

Open Windows Terminal (Admin) from Win+X Quick Link Menu


Starting with Windows 11 build 22579, Windows Terminal and Windows Terminal (Admin) in the Win+X menu has been replaced by Windows PowerShell and Windows PowerShell (Admin). If you have Windows Terminal installed and would like Windows PowerShell to open in Windows Terminal, set Windows Terminal as your default terminal app.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, if Windows Terminal is installed the Win+X menu will include an entry for Terminal, and in cases where Windows Terminal is uninstalled it will display Windows PowerShell.


1 Open the Win+X Quick Link menu. (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on Terminal (Admin).

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Option Two

Open Windows Terminal (Admin) from Start Menu


Starting with Windows 11 build 22572, Windows Terminal is now called Terminal under Start.


1 Open the Start menu, and click/tap on All apps. (see screenshot below)

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2 Right click or press and hold on Windows Terminal. (see screenshot below)

3 Click/tap on More.

4 Click/tap on Run as administrator.

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Option Three

Open Windows Terminal (Admin) from Search


1 Open Windows Search (Win+S). (see screenshots below)

2 Type Windows Terminal into the Search box.

3 Click/tap on the expand arrow for Windows Terminal

4 Click/tap on Run as administrator.

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Option Four

Open Windows Terminal (Admin) from Task Manager


1 Open Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc).

2 Click/tap on File on the menu bar, and click/tap on Run new task. (see screenshot below)

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3 Type wt into the "Create new task" dialog. (see screenshot below)

4 Check Create this task with administrative privileges.

5 Click/tap on OK.

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Option Five

Open Windows Terminal (Admin) from Run


1 Open Run (Win+R). (see screenshot below)

2 Type wt into Run..

3 Press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 
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In addition, you can also set a default shell if desired.


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Thanks Brink. That 'create this task with admin privileges' is handy for the RUN ws.

Below is two windows, one says 'windows powershell' and the other 'administrator windows'. Is there any difference that is important to know? Should I be concerned with installing the latest Powershell as it suggests?

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Badrobot I will have a look at those settings. Thanks.
 

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Thanks Brink. That 'create this task with admin privileges' is handy for the RUN ws.

Below is two windows, one says 'windows powershell' and the other 'administrator windows'. Is there any difference that is important to know? Should I be concerned with installing the latest Powershell as it suggests?

Hello Alicia, :alien:

The top one is Windows PowerShell not running as administrator, the bottom screenshot is an elevated Windows PowerShell running as administrator.

Otherwise, both are Windows PowerShell.
 

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Oh yes now I see the difference. Thanks!
 

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    CFL Charmeleon_CFS (U3E1)
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    Realtek High Definition Audio.
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    BenQ GW2480
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My Computers

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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
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    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
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    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    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,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
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    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
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    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
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    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
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    15" HDR
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    2496 x 1664
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    1 TB SSD
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    Windows Defender
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