I know there is a keyboard shortcut to run PowerShell from the File Explorer as explained here: Open Powershell as Administrator at Current File Explorer Directory Keyboard Shortcut (Windows 10)

But can I open PowerShell while I am on the Desktop? Something like Win+E to open a File Explorer.


When you press Win+X, you may see little underlines under the options. If you press I, PowerShell will open.

So, the shortcut is Win+X I (or Win+X A for an elevated prompt).

Win+X menu

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  • For me the command prompt is on the place of PowerShell. – user598527 Jul 31 '19 at 8:30

You can pin your PowerShell to your taskbar and then move the icon to the far left.

Now you can use Win+1 to start it.

for an elevated PowerShell:

WinAlt+1 Return

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  • nice. and then you can lock your taskbar to avoid accidental shifts – Nicholas DiPiazza Oct 16 '18 at 19:35
  • To expand on @Peter Hahndorf approach. You can pin it anywhere on the task bar between the 0-9 pinned position and use whatever number corresponds to where you have it pinned or you can just directly assign it a hot key combination in the shortcut properties settings. – postanote Dec 25 '18 at 21:05
  • To add to the answer, in case you already have a PowerShell window open and want to open a new one, the Win+Shift+1 should help you. – kaartic Nov 25 '19 at 6:45

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