This post offers a step-by-step guide on how to create a PowerShell shortcut on Windows 11/10. With the PowerShell desktop shortcut, you can quickly launch it when needed.

Open PowerShell with Windows Run Shortcut

A fast way to open PowerShell on Windows 10/11 is to press Windows + R, type powershell in the Run dialog, and press Enter.

How to Create a PowerShell Desktop Shortcut

If you want to easily launch PowerShell from the desktop, you can create a desktop shortcut for PowerShell on Windows 10/11. Check how to do it below.

Way 1. Create a PowerShell Shortcut from Desktop

  1. Right-click the empty area on your computer desktop and select New > Shortcut.
  2. In the pop-up Create Shortcut window, type powershell and click Next. Alternatively, you can also enter the full path of PowerShell: C:\Windows\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe, and click Next.
  3. Enter a name for the PowerShell shortcut, e.g. powershell.exe, Windows PowerShell, etc. Click Finish to create a PowerShell desktop shortcut.
  4. Then you can double-click the PowerShell shortcut on the desktop to quickly launch it next time.

Way 2. Send Windows PowerShell Shortcut to Desktop

  1. Press Windows + S, type powershell, right-click Windows PowerShell and select Open file location.
  2. Right-click Windows PowerShell and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut). You can see a desktop shortcut for PowerShell is shown on your desktop. Double-click the shortcut to launch PowerShell.

Other 3 Easy Ways to Open PowerShell

Way 1. Press Windows + S, type powershell in Windows Search, and select Windows PowerShell App to open it. To run PowerShell as administrator, you can right-click Windows PowerShell and select Run as administrator.

Way 2. Press Windows + X, and select Windows PowerShell or Windows PowerShell (Admin) to launch PowerShell.

Way 3. Press Windows + S, type powershell, right-click Windows PowerShell App and select Pin to taskbar to add a PowerShell icon to the taskbar. Next time you can click the PowerShell icon on the taskbar to fast open it.

About PowerShell

PowerShell is a task automation and configuration management program developed by Microsoft. It includes a command-line shell and the associated scripting language. You can open PowerShell and use it to run commands to easily do various tasks on your computer.

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