Running as an administrator in Windows 11 means opening an application with elevated privileges. In Windows 11, as in any other modern version of the operating system, applications and programs are run by default with standard (limited) privileges. At the same time, some programs may require administrator privileges to perform certain tasks. In these cases, you may need to quit the application and run it with elevated privileges. There are several ways to run any program as an administrator in Windows 11. In this article, we'll look at most of them.

Warning! Do not run programs as an administrator for no reason. We recommend that you only run programs with elevated privileges if you know exactly why the application requires administrator access.

How do I run a program as an administrator in Windows 11?

Run as administrator in the Start menu

  1. Open the Start menu, then click "All apps".

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  1. Find the application you want to run as administrator and right-click on it. Hover your mouse over "More"and then click "Run as administrator".

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Alternatively, you can click on the application shortcut while holding down the Ctrl + Shift. The application will run as an administrator with extended privileges.

Running as an administrator in Explorer

You can run the application as an administrator using the context menu not only in the Start menu, but also in Explorer.

  1. Right-click the application or application shortcut.
  2. On the context menu that opens, select "Run as administrator" with the window and shield icon.

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Running as an administrator in a Windows search

Another way to run a program with elevated privileges in Windows 11 is to select the corresponding command in Windows search.

  1. Open the "Start" menu and start typing the name of the application you want to run. You can also press these keys on your keyboard to open the search window: Windows + S.
  2. If the program is displayed under "Best Match", click on "Run as administrator" on the right side of the search window. You can also run the program with advanced rights by clicking on the program while holding down the Ctrl + Shift.

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  1. If the program is displayed below, click the button with the little arrow pointing to the right and then select "Run as administrator".

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Running the attached application on the taskbar as an administrator

If the application you want to run as an administrator is pinned to the taskbar, there is no need to use the search or the list of all applications.

  1. Hold down Ctrl + Shift and click the pinned program in the taskbar. Windows 11 will launch the application with higher privileges.

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You can also run a taskbar-mounted application as an administrator without a mouse using the hotkeys Ctrl + Shift + Windows + "Number", where is a number from 1 to 9. The first pinned application is 1, the next one is 2 and so on. In our case the first application is the Command Line, so we need to hold down Ctrl + Shift + Win + 1 to run the Command Line as administrator.

Running as an administrator using the command line, PowerShell, or Windows Terminal

Windows 11 allows you to run applications as an administrator from the command line, PowerShell, or Windows Terminal. All you need to do is run your preferred console application as an administrator. Then use the path to the application's executable file to run it.

Run as administrator with the "Run" dialog box

  1. Press the keys on the keyboard Windows + Rto open the Run dialog box. You can also right-click on the Start button and select "Run" from the menu.
  2. In the Run window, enter the name of the executable file of the application you want to run as an administrator. You can also use the "Browse..." button to find the application using the Open File dialog box.
  3. Then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter or hold down Ctrl + Shiftand press OK. The selected application will run as administrator.

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Running as an administrator from the Windows 11 Task Manager

  1. Open the Task Manager. It can be opened with the following key combinations: Ctrl + Shift + Esc. You can also right-click on the Start menu and select Task Manager.

How do I open the Task Manager in Windows 11?

  1. Нажмите Файл > Запустить новую задачу.

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  1. In the window that opens, enter the path to the program you want to run as administrator or the code name of the program, then check the "Create this task with administrative rights" and press the “OK”.

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Automatically run an application as an administrator in Windows 11

All of the above methods are "one-shot". In other words, you need to repeat the procedure every time you start the program. If you need to automatically run an application as administrator on Windows 11 with a simple click, do the following

  1. Find the required application and right-click on it.
  2. In the context menu that opens, click on "Properties". You can also open the properties window without opening the context menu. Simply select the program and then click Alt + Enter.

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  1. Click the tab "Compatibility" and check the box next to "Run this program as an administrator".
  2. Press the button “OK”.

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The method described above will allow you to configure the program to run automatically as an administrator in Windows 11.

In your opinion, which is the most convenient way to run the program with administrator privileges?

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