Create a Shortcut to the Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 7

If you’re a frequent user of the Elevated Command Prompt then it might be a good idea to create a shortcut on your desktop, Start Menu, or Taskbar that can be accessed at any time with a click of button. Instead of following several steps to get to the Elevated Command Prompt you can create shortcut and customize it so that whenever it launches the targeted application (Command Prompt) it will run it in Elevated/Administrative mode.

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Note: I used Windows 7 Ultimate in this tutorial.

Create the Shortcut

Create Shortcut to Elevated Command Prompt

1. Click on the Orb to open the Start Menu

2. Type cmd in the search box (a list of search results will appear).

3. Right-click on cmd.exe (Command Prompt Executable)

4. Click on Send to from the drop-down menu.

5. Choose Desktop (Create Shortcut) from the menu.


Create Shortcut to Elevated Command Prompt

6. Right-click on the new shortcut located on your Desktop

7. Click on Properties from the menu.

Create Shortcut to Elevated Command Prompt

8. When the Properties window appears, click on the Advanced button.

Create Shortcut to Elevated Command Prompt

8. The Advanced Properties window will open. Add a checkmark to the Run as administrator checkbox.

10. Click OK to close the window.

11. Click OK to close the Properties window.

Rename the Shortcut

Now that we’ve customized the shortcut, lets rename it so that it can be identified as the Elevated Command Prompt.

Create Shortcut to Elevated Command Prompt

1. Right-click on the shortcut

2. Click on Rename from the menu.

Create Shortcut to Elevated Command Prompt

3. Name the shortcut whatever you wish.

  • Gtjastro

    Thank you, that’s one answer I needed! Now – How can I place the “Elevated Command Prompt” shortcut on the Start Menu? Beyond that – in general – how can I create folders and my own shortcuts on the Windows 7 Start Menu? (Example: I write short, stand-alone programs and want them in a folder called “My Utils” on the start menu)

  • Thanks a million ton. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Thanks a million ton. ๐Ÿ˜€