Let's say that I'm browsing through Windows File Explorer, and suddenly I decide that I would like to open Powershell as administrator at the current directory (the directory that I'm at in File Explorer). Naturally, I'd like to open this as quickly as possible, so a keyboard shortcut to do this would be desirable.

I presume that this may only be possible to do with AutoHotKey, which I am open to using if necessary. Any way to create a keyboard shortcut to do this is what I want. So how can I achieve this?


You can do this with the native method by simply clicking in the folder you wish to open Powershell as administrator from File Explorer, and then press AltFSA one key right after the other.

  • German version: AltDSA
  1. Click in or on the folder which you want to open as administrator from PowerShell

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  2. Press Alt then F

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  3. Press S

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  4. Press A

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  5. Now PowerShell will open as administrator in that folder as requested.

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    These drawings are completely wrong. 1) They're not red. 2) They're not freehand. 3) They're not circles. – Hatted Rooster Apr 1 '18 at 12:57
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    @SombreroChicken 3) They are circles with corners. 2) Poster may have had a steady hand due to lack of alcohol. 1) It's not easy being green. – Andrew Morton Apr 1 '18 at 15:11
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    According to Pimp Juice IT Answer, here the german version: ALT -> D -> S -> A – Marco Hübers Jul 18 '19 at 12:50
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    I just discovered that you can also add this button as a shortcut to your folder! Right click on the "Open as Admin" and select "Add to Quick Access Toolbar". Now Admin Powershell is a permanent part of my Explorer's top bar :) – Dana Oct 29 '19 at 14:37

Shift click while inside the folder and click 'Open PowerShell window here'


I'm not sure if this is what you wanted, but seeing the other response, this seems a lot easier...

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    Question asked about opening as administrator, which doesn't happen here, right? – palsch Apr 1 '18 at 13:29
  • @palsch It depends whether you're lo̶g̶g̶e̶d̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶a̶s̶ ̶r̶o̶o̶t̶ using an admin %SHELL%. But almost certainly not. – wizzwizz4 Apr 1 '18 at 15:48

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