How to Add Powershell to the Win+X menu.

Powershell is a great tool for IT professionals that want to do network wide commands easily. If you are an IT professional or you simply love Powershell then we will show you how to replace Command Prompt with Powershell in the Windows 10 Powermenu / Windows 10 Quick Start Menu.

Please note that it’s not possible to have Command Prompt and Powershell at the same time in the Win+X menu in Windows 10. You need to have powershell enabled before you can add Powershell to the Win+X menu. If you want to enable Powershell then read this guide.

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How to Add Powershell to the Win+X Menu.

There are several methods of adding Powershell / replacing Command Prompt with Powershell in the Windows 10 Power Menu (Quick Start Menu). We’ve listed some of them, if you want the easiest method then read Method 1.

Method 1: Through Taskbar Settings

The easiest method of adding Powershell to the Windows+X Menu is by using the taskbar properties window.

1. Right-click the taskbar or on a touchscreen device tap and hold the taskbar, then click on Properties.

2. Click on the tab, Navigation.

3. If you want to enable Powershell in the Win+X menu then check “Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the lower-left corner or press Windows key+X” However if you want to disable it, then simply uncheck the option.

Windows 10 Taskbar Properties How to Add Powershell to the Win+X menu. How to Add Powershell to the Win+X menu

Windows 10 Taskbar Properties

Method 2: Through Windows Settings

Another way of adding Powershell to the Win+X menu in Windows is by using the Windows Settings which have been added in Windows 10. Please be aware that you need a fully updated Windows 10 to be able to use this method. If you at step 3 do not see Taskbar then your Windows version might be outdated.

1. Click on Start and then choose Settings

2. Once Settings has opened click on System

3. Once in System click on Taskbar

4. Find the option “Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the start button or press Windows key+X“. If you want to replace Command Prompt with Powershell then drag the slider from off to on.

 

While there are many more methods of actually achieving this, we suggest you use one of these two methods. They do not require you to enter Regedit and modify any registry keys and are therefore completely safe to execute. We hope this tutorial succesfully showed you How to Add Powershell to the Win+X menu in Windows 10. If you have any more questions regarding this than feel free to visit our forums where we will provide personal help on How to Add Powershell to the Win+X menu in Windows 10. Thank you for reading and trusting WindowsInstructed.

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Yuri Pustjens
Yuri Pustjens
2014, 2015 & 2016 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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