How to Automatically open Terminal in an Admin window in Windows 11

This article explains how to automatically open the Terminal with an administrator window in Windows 11.

Windows Terminal is a modern host application for the command-line shells, including Command Prompt, Windows PowerShell, and bash (via Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)).

Unlike the previous shell apps, Windows Terminal has many features, including multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU-accelerated text rendering engine, and themes customization with text, colors, backgrounds, and shortcuts.

If you want to use the Terminal with administrative privileges, you can right-click on the Terminal app and select to open as Administrator.

Windows Terminal app has a setting that lets you automatically open an admin window each time you run the app.

The steps below show you how to do that.

Automatically open the Terminal app in an admin window

As described above, you can set up the Terminal app to open automatically in an admin window. In this admin window, you can run with administrator privileges without running as Administrator each time.

Here’s how to do that.

First, open the Windows Terminal app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and searching for Terminal. Then, under Best match, select and open the Windows Terminal app.

Open the Terminal app on Windows.

When the Terminal app opens, click the down arrow button on the top bar, and select Settings (Ctrl +,).

Windows Terminal Settings button updated
Windows Terminal Settings button updated

On the Settings window, under Profile, click on the Defaults tab. Then select the tile “Run this profile as Administrator,” and toggle the button to the On position to enable the Terminal app to always open in an admin window.

To disable it, toggle the button back to the Off position.

Run the Terminal window as administrator in Windows
Run the Terminal window as an administrator in Windows

Click on the Save button to save your changes and exit.

Open the Windows Terminal automatically in an elevated window

Another way you can automatically open up the Terminal in an “elevated” window (running as Administrator) is to use its built-in JSON configuration file.

To do that, follow the steps below.

Select the Open JSON file button on the bottom left.

Windows Terminal open json file
Windows Terminal opens json file

When the file opens, location the highlighted section.

Terminal app profile section
The terminal app profile section

To turn on or off opening the Terminal app in an elevated window, add the line below to the exact area of the configuration file.



Add the line at the exact location in the file and save.

            "elevate": false



Add the line to the exact location in the configuration file.

            "elevate": true

Save the JSON configuration file to apply your changes.

That should do it!



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