Launching the command prompt (cmd) and other apps using keyboard shortcuts is the fastest way to launch them as administrator. Here’s how to do it.
The command prompt (aka CMD), regedit, and other core Windows applications normally need to run with Administrator access. Unfortunately, by default, Windows launches these apps without elevated privileges, which is a problem if you’re trying to perform a task like editing the local hosts file. The good news is, running apps as an Administrator is simple; follow the steps below.
How to Save a lot of Clicking With the Windows Key+R Shortcut
Hold down the Windows Key and Press R on your keyboard.
The run dialog box will open—type in the program’s name you want to run and press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER.
Note: In my example, I’m launching CMD (Windows Command Prompt) as Administrator.
Now your program is open, and it only took, well, zero mouse clicks! You did all of it with just the keyboard. To top it all off, every program you open up through this run dialog process will automatically be in Administrator power mode.
Any questions, let us know in the comments. The steps above will work using Windows 7 and later.