How to Open Windows PowerShell on Windows 10

Here are different ways you can launch Windows PowerShell, as well as steps to create a shortcut for it. Let’s get started.

Method #1

Microsoft Windows 10 allows you to launch PowerShell by using the command powershell. This command can be used with the following programs:

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

If you prefer, you can use the start powershell command in the Command Prompt to complete this task.

Method #2

Open the Power user menu by right-clicking the “Start” button. Select “Windows PowerShell.”

Method #3

Open the Start menu. Click Windows Tools. You will see “Windows PowerShell.” Double-click it.

Method #4

Enter PowerShell in the Start menu and click Windows PowerShell in the search results.

Method #5

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

Method #6

Open 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. If you hover over “Open Windows PowerShell,” you will see two options:

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

Create a Windows PowerShell Shortcut

Learn how to create a Windows PowerShell shortcut on your Windows 10 desktop or File Explorer.

Right-click on a blank area of your desktop or File Explorer

Hover your mouse over “New” and select “Shortcut” under “Folder.”

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

Provide a name for the shortcut if you don’t like the suggested name. Click the “Finish” button.