How Open Powershell

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Opening PowerShell is a fundamental skill for any Windows user, especially those working in the IT field. In this article, I will guide you through the various methods to open PowerShell, sharing my personal insights and experiences along the way.

Method 1: Using the Start Menu

One of the easiest ways to open PowerShell is through the Windows Start Menu. Simply click on the Start button located at the bottom left corner of your screen. A list of options will appear, and you can type “PowerShell” in the search bar. As you type, you will see the “Windows PowerShell” option. Click on it to open PowerShell.

Method 2: Using the Run Dialog

The Run dialog is another quick way to open PowerShell. Press the Windows key and the R key on your keyboard simultaneously to open the Run dialog. In the dialog box that appears, type “powershell” and hit Enter. PowerShell will open, ready for you to start executing commands.

Method 3: Using Command Prompt

If you already have Command Prompt open, you can easily switch to PowerShell without closing it. Simply type “powershell” in the Command Prompt window and hit Enter. PowerShell will open in the same window, inheriting the current path and environment variables from Command Prompt.

Method 4: Using File Explorer

File Explorer provides yet another way to open PowerShell. Open File Explorer by either clicking on the folder icon in the taskbar or pressing the Windows key and E key simultaneously. In the File Explorer window, navigate to the directory where you want to open PowerShell. Once you are in the desired directory, click on the address bar at the top of the window and replace the current path with “powershell” (without quotes). Press Enter, and PowerShell will open in that directory.

Method 5: Using Task Manager

If all else fails, you can open PowerShell through the Task Manager. To open Task Manager, right-click on the taskbar and select “Task Manager” from the context menu. In the Task Manager window, click on the “File” menu and then choose “Run new task”. In the dialog box that appears, type “powershell” and click “OK”. PowerShell will open, ready for you to start using its powerful capabilities.


Opening PowerShell is a simple yet essential skill for anyone working with Windows. Whether you prefer using the Start Menu, the Run dialog, Command Prompt, File Explorer, or even Task Manager, you now have a variety of methods at your disposal. So go ahead, open PowerShell, and harness its power to streamline your workflow and accomplish tasks more efficiently.