4 ways to open Windows Terminal as administrator

There are several ways to run Windows Terminal as an administrator (“admin”) on a Windows 11 PC. In fact, you can always open Windows Terminal as an administrator.

Opening Windows Terminal as administrator allows you to run various utilities or apps. Running apps as an administrator allows you to change settings and perform maintenance on your Windows 11 PC.

Windows Terminal is a multi-tabbed terminal emulator that Microsoft developed for Windows 10 and later as a replacement for Windows Console. It can run any command-line app on a separate tab. It can be compared to the Command Prompt and PowerShell.

Windows Terminal

The advantage of Windows Terminal is that it provides per tab support to open other command-line apps such as Command Prompt and PowerShell. This way, you can work with three different command-line apps in one window.

4 ways to open Windows Terminal as an administrator

Run Windows Terminal as an administrator from the Start menu

If you have access to the Start menu, you can run Windows Terminal as an administrator. Open the Start menu. Click on “all apps” at the top right corner.

All apps in start menu

In the list of all apps, go to the “T” of Terminal and hold down the CTRL + SHIFT key combination on your keyboard. Next, click on “Terminal.”

Run Terminal as admin from start menu

If you want to allow the terminal apps to change your device, click “Yes”.

Do you allow Terminal to make changes to your device

Terminal is now open as administrator.

Run Windows Terminal as administrator through search

In the Windows 11 taskbar, click on the magnifying glass. In the search window, type: terminal. Right-click “Terminal” and then click “Run as administrator”.

Open Terminal as administrator through search

You have now opened Terminal as administrator on your Windows 11 PC via search.

Run Windows Terminal as an administrator through Run

The execute window provides a quick application for opening various executable files. Similarly, you can start the Terminal app as an administrator via run.

Right-click on the start button. In the menu, click on Run. In the Run window type: wt.exe

Now hold down the CTRL + SHIFT key combination and press ENTER to confirm while still holding down the above key combination.

Run wt.exe as administrator

The Terminal process (wt.exe) is now running as administrator – administrator.

Run Windows Terminal as an administrator using the Win-X menu

The Win-X menu provides a quick overview of commonly used tools in Windows 11. It is an additional menu to quickly launch apps. Running Windows Terminal as an administrator is also part of this menu.

Right-click on the Start button. You will now see the Win-X menu. In the menu, click on Windows Terminal (admin). You have now run Windows Terminal as administrator through the Win-X menu.

Open Windows Terminal admin using win-x menu

I hope to have informed you of these four different ways to open Windows Terminal as an administrator. Thank you for reading!

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