It is fast and easy to open command prompt on windows: Win + R and cmd. It is also possible to open the command prompt as an administrator: Right click on the icon and run as administrator.

But this method is more time consuming. So is there a way to do it faster (via a combination of shortcut and typing like I mentioned for command prompt)?

I have tried to use Win + R with CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER but with no success: enter image description here

Here are examples of command prompts opened with various means:

  1. Clicking on an icon
  2. Clicking on the icon with right click and run as administrator
  3. Win + R, cmd, Enter
  4. Win + R, cmd, Ctrl + Shift + Enter

3 Answers 3


Press Windows Key + X then press A to open a CMD.exe with admin rights.


You can use Ctrl+Shift+Enter from the Start Screen Search Results to run a particular program as Admin.

For Windows 8.1 you can right click on the menu entry in Explorer and add it to the Quick Launch. That makes it available from an Alt+n shortcut. This may also work on Windows 8.

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    Directly running programs as admin is also possible from the Start Menu's quick search function. I believe the combination there is also Ctrl-Shift-Enter, but cannot verify this at the moment.
    – Daniel B
    Feb 18, 2014 at 0:16
  • @DanielB: I'm 99% sure you're right, but not at a PC to verify.
    – afrazier
    Feb 18, 2014 at 0:18
  • Thanks for looking into the problem, but I was not able to run as administrator with Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Feb 18, 2014 at 0:53
  • It's definitely working from the quick search field. Just type "cmd", press Ctrl-Shift-Enter – voilà.
    – Daniel B
    Feb 18, 2014 at 7:04

press (windows key+x) then release both and press c.

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    This only opens a standard command window, not the elevated one the OP asked for.
    – Burgi
    Sep 18, 2016 at 16:07

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