The fastest ways to start the PowerShell console

The PowerShell console is becoming increasingly popular and is also increasingly crowding out the command prompt. We recently reported that you can very quickly call up the PowerShell console as an administrator , but today we would like to go into general terms about the options for starting the PowerShell console.

Due to the multitude of possibilities there should be something for every Windows user or admin.

Pin PowerShell to the taskbar

Pin the PowerShell console to the taskbar is surely the quickest and easiest way to call up the PowerShell console with the mouse.

PowerShell pinned to the taskbar

If you follow the link above, then you too, how you can run the PowerShell console via the icon in the task bar as administrator.

Call PowerShell from the Win-X menu

Our favorite for calling up the PowerShell with a key combination is the Win-X menu. You can do this very easily and quickly by pressing the key combination Windows key and “X”

Call up the Win-X menu

call up and then just press the “A” key . This will open the PowerShell console with administrator rights.

Call up PowerShell with a key combination

In the Win-X menu you can also see that the ” A ” is underlined. If you press an ” I ” instead of the ” A ” , the PowerShell console is also opened, but only with normal user rights. The underscore in the “i” is unfortunately very difficult to see.

Call PowerShell from the Windows 10 Start menu

Another option is to open the PowerShell console using the search function of the Windows 10 start menu. Simply after opening the Windows 10 start menu, the word


enter and the search result appears.

Call PowerShell from the Windows 10 start menu

Then you can use the right mouse button to open the context menu and you have the various PowerShell start options available, as you can see in the image above.

Call PowerShell from the command prompt

Another option is to call the PowerShell console directly from the “CMD” prompt .

Call PowerShell from the command prompt

Simply call the ” PowerShell ” command and you have already opened the PowerShell console directly in the CMD window .

So there are a variety of ways to access the PowerShell console. If you know of any other useful options, we would be happy to receive a comment.

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