To those who don’t know, PowerShell is a scripting language and command-line shell even more powerful than Command Prompt. It has become the default option in Windows 10, and its strength and intelligence is what’s made it the preferred choice of IT specialists.

The cmdlets (command-lets) is a versatile tool that allows you to execute many handy operations such as automating Windows and automatically running on a VPN based on the app being launched.

The easiest way to launch PowerShell is through the taskbar by pressing Windows + X, then clicking “Windows PowerShell.” The Creators Update for Windows 10 allows PowerShell to be seen in the Power Users menu by default; if you don’t see it there iw would be wise to update your operating system to the latest patch. If for some reason PowerShell remains invisible, double check that it hasn’t been replaced by Command Prompt in the Settings.

Another simple way to execute PowerShell is to search it in the Start Menu. Also, by clicking “Run as Administrator” instead of “Open” you can run extra commands with administrative privileges. Alternatively, you can simply scroll through your installed apps in the “All apps” section of the Start Menu to find PowerShell. The administrative privileges can be applied by right clicking it and once again selecting “Run as Administrator.”

Some lesser known options to execute PowerShell is to first access the “Run Box” by pressing Windows + R. From there simply type in “powershell” and press enter, or press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to run regular and elevated PowerShell, respectively.

By using File Explorer you can open PowerShell to a specific folder on your computer. With the desired folder open, click “File” and “Open Windows PowerShell” then select the standard execution or open it as administrator. You can also type “powershell” into the File Explorer address bar to open PowerShell to the current set folder.

If you open up Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc, you can “Run new task” through the top-left “File” menu. From there type in “powershell” to access it.

Finally, by holding down Shift as you right click a file/folder, the “Open PowerShell window here” option will appear in most situations. You can also create a Desktop Shortcut for PowerShell by right clicking an empty region in your Desktop and clicking New > Shortcut. From there simply type in “powershell” and Finish to always have PowerShell available on your Desktop. By right clicking the Desktop icon you can edit its “Properties” and run it as administrator.

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