Try Out These Multiple Methods to Open Windows Terminal on Windows 11

Zarmeen Shahzad
Windows 11 Systems

The Windows Terminal was released in 2019, and it combines PowerShell, Azure Cloud Shell, and Command Prompt in one app. There are multiple ways to open the app, and in this tutorial, I will show the multiple ways to open Windows Terminal on Windows 11 systems. You can try these methods and make the one you find easiest as your go-to for opening the app.

Open Windows Terminal Windows 11

There are various ways to go about this, and you can pick whichever method you find the most convenient. Try out all these methods and tell us your favorite.

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Method 1: WinX Menu

Step-1: Right-click on the Windows icon on the taskbar to open the WinX menu (Shortcut Keys: Win + X)

Step-2: Click on Windows Terminal or Windows Terminal (Admin) if you want elevated rights.

WinX Menu

Method 2: Open Windows Terminal on Windows 11 Using Search

  1.  Click on the search icon on the taskbar.
  2.  Type Windows Terminal and click Open.
    Windows Search

BONUS Tip: Right-click on the Windows Terminal search result and select Run as administrator to get elevated privileges.

 

Method 3: Start Menu

Step-1: Click on the Windows icon on the taskbar or use the Windows key on the keyboard to open the Start menu.

Step-2: Select All apps.

Start Menu Windows 11

Step-3: Scroll down till you reach the ‘W’ apps and locate Windows Terminal. Click on it to open the app.

Open Windows Terminal Windows 11

BONUS tip: If you want the app with admin privileges, Right-click on the Windows Terminal option, select More, and select Run as administrator.

Open Windows Terminal Windows 11

Method 4: Open Windows Terminal on Windows 11 Using Run

  1.  Use the shortcut keys Win + R to open the Run box.
  2.  Type wt.exe and press Enter.
    Run Box

Method 5: Desktop Shortcut

Step-1: Right-click on your desktop, hover the cursor over New and select Shortcut.
Open Windows Terminal Windows 11

Step-2: Enter the following in the Type the location of the item text box:

%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\WindowsApps\wt.exe

Step-3: Click Next.
Open Windows Terminal Windows 11

Step-4: Type Windows Terminal in the Type a name for this shortcut textbox.

Step-5: Select Finish.

Name Desktop Shortcuts
You can quickly use this desktop shortcut to access the Windows Terminal app. If you want to create shortcut keys for this desktop shortcut, follow this link and try it yourself.

Method 6: Pin to Taskbar

  1.  Click on the search icon and type Windows Terminal.
  2.  Right-click on the Windows Terminal option and select Pin to taskbar.
  3.  The Windows Terminal app will now be available on the taskbar, and you can click on it to open it anytime you want.

Method 7: Startup App

If you access Windows Terminal regularly, you can set it up so that whenever you start your Windows 11 PC, the Windows Terminal opens up automatically. To do this, follow the steps below:

Step-1: Open the Windows Terminal app. (Use any of the above methods).

Step-2: Click on the downward arrow at the top of the Window. Select Settings.
Open Windows Terminal Windows 11

Step-3: Turn the toggle switch On next to Launch on machine startup.

Step-4: Click Save.

Windows Terminal Settings

Step-5: Close the app.

Now, whenever you start your machine, Windows Terminal will launch. If you want to disable this option, follow all the steps in method seven and turn the toggle switch next to Launch on machine startup Off.

I hope this helped. Let us know in the comments below and follow this link to try more Windows tutorials.

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