How to always run Windows Terminal as administrator on Windows 10

Yes, you can configure the Windows Terminal app to always open elevated, and here's how on Windows 10.

Windows Terminal as admin

Although Windows Terminal lets you access virtually any command-line experience, such as Command Prompt, PowerShell, and Linux, by default on Windows 10, the app always runs in user mode since there is no option to always open it elevated as an administrator.

While this behavior is by design, there is a workaround you can use that allows you to configure Windows Terminal to always run as an administrator using a shortcut approach, instead of having to do the extra steps to access the option from the app context menu.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to configure the command-line experience to open elevated by default.

Always open Windows Terminal as administrator

Use the following steps to always run Windows Terminal as administrator:

  1. Right-click the Windows 10 Desktop.

  2. Select the New submenu and choose the Shortcut option.

    Context menu Shortcut option
    Context menu Shortcut option
  3. In the path field, type the following path:


    Shortcut with path to wt.exe
    Shortcut with path to wt.exe
  4. Click the Next button.

  5. Confirm a name for the shortcut – for example, Windows Terminal.

    Windows Terminal shortcut
    Windows Terminal shortcut
  6. Click the Finish button.

  7. Right-click the newly created shortcut and select the Properties option.

  8. Click the Shortcut tab.

  9. Click the Advanced button.

    Shortcut advanced option
    Shortcut advanced option
  10. Check the Run as administrator option for the Windows Terminal shortcut.

    Run as administrator option
    Run as administrator option
  11. Click the OK button.

  12. (Optional) Click the Change Icon button.

  13. In the Look for icons in this file field, type the following path and press Enter:

    Change shortcut icon
    Change shortcut icon
    Quick tip: If you want to use the actual Windows Terminal icon, you can download it from this location.
  14. Select an icon you want to use.

  15. Click the OK button.

  16. Click the Apply button.

  17. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, you can double-click the shortcut to open always open the Windows Terminal as administrator.

If you want, you could also drag the shortcut to the taskbar to pin it. Or you can right-click the shortcut and select the Pin to Start option to run the app as an administrator from the Start menu.