How to Open Windows Terminal as Administrator in Windows 11 (Elevated)

In this post, we will review different methods you can use to open Windows Terminal as Administrator in Windows 11. Opening Elevated Windows Terminal will allow you to preform maintenance and administrative tasks which are not accessible from a regular app instance with default permissions.


Windows 11 includes a new app by default named Windows Terminal. It unifies PowerShell, WSL, and the classic Command Prompt in one stylish and flexible console. It supports tabs, so you can work simultaneously with any of the available shells.

Windows Terminal is highly customizable. It supports profiles, so you can have a customizable shell adapted for your personal work flow. It also have a bunch of hotkeys to save your time, which are also can be changes following your taste.

Apart from its powerful functionality, the app has a cool, fancy look. It supports emoji, background images (including animated gifs), and comes with hardware accelerated text rendering.

In this article, we will review various methods of opening Elevated Windows Terminal as Administrator.

Windows 11: Open Windows Terminal as Administrator (Elevated)

Here is how you can open Windows Terminal  as Administrator in Windows 11. We will review several methods of launching it elevated. You can use the Start menu, Search, the Run dialog, the Task Manager app, and the Win + X menu.

From the Start menu

  1. Click on the Start button, which is the leftmost icon at the taskbar center. You can also disable the centered taskbar in Windows 11.
  2. Click on the All apps item.Windows 11 Start Menu All Apps
  3. Scroll down the list and find the Windows Terminal entry, but don't click it. You can also find apps by letter in Windows 11 using alphabet navigation.
  4. Press and hold the Ctrl + Shift  keys on the keyboard, and now click on Windows Terminal.Windows 11 Open Windows Terminal As Administrator
  5. Confirm the UAC prompt. You have an elevated Windows Terminal running.

From Windows Search

  1. Press Win + S to open the Search pane, or click on the Search icon in the taskbar.
  2. Type windows terminal.
  3. In the search results, click on the down arrow chevron to see the all available options.Windows Terminal In Search
  4. Select Run as administrator.Windows Terminal Run As Administrator

Tip: You can also directly type windows terminal in the Start menu search box. This will do the trick, and you will be able to open Windows Terminal as Administrator in Windows 11.

Open Elevated Windows Terminal from Run

  1. Press the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type wt.exe in the Run text field.
  3. Press Ctrl + Shift + Enter and confirm the UAC prompt.Run Elevated Windows Terminal In Windows 11

This is how you open Windows Terminal as Administrator using the Run option.

Open Windows Terminal as Administrator from Task Manager

  1. Open the Task Manager app.
  2. From the menu, select File > Run new task.Task Manager Menu
  3. Enter the wt command in the Run new task dialog.
  4. Now, turn on the Create this task with administrator privileges option.Run Wt.Exe From Task Manager As Administrator
  5. Click OK to open a new elevated Windows Terminal.

Open Elevated Open Windows Terminal using the Win + X menu

  1. Press Win + X, or right-click the Start button. If you have a computer with a touch screen, you can tap and hold the Start button.
  2. Select Windows Terminal (Admin) from the menu.WinX Menu
  3. Confirm the UAC prompt, and you are done.

In addition to the right-click menu of the Start button, you can also add the similar feature to File Explorer. With a few simple steps you can have the "Windows Terminal as Administrator"  item available in any folder. This will allow you to launch an elevated Windows Terminal right in the current folder location. Also, it allows selecting different profiles via the cascading menu options in Windows 11.

Add File Explorer Context Menu

  1. Download Winaero Tweaker, install, and run it.
  2. Find the Windows Terminal option on the left.
  3. Check the option Add Windows Terminal (Administrator)  settings. Winaero Tweaker Option
  4. Finally, select the profiles you want to have in the menu.
  5. Right-click on any folder in File Explorer and select Show more options.Show More Options
  6. Now, select the Windows Terminal option with a shield icon. Open Windows Terminal As Administrator From Context Menu

If you don't want to use Winaero Tweaker, we have here ready-to-use Registry files that are available in this post.


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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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