7 Ways to Open Windows Tools in Windows 11

Windows Administrative Tools are a collection of tools to better manage your Windows installation. It consists of basic tools like Character Map, Quick Helps, and Control Panel, as well as advanced tools including Hyper-V Manager, Event Viewer, and Windows Firewall Defender with advanced security.


With Windows 11, Microsoft renamed its administrative tools to “Windows Tools”. So if you’re having trouble locating your administrative tools, here’s how to open Windows Tools in Windows 11.

You can use the classic Run dialog box to open Windows tools. If you memorize the command, this method can be one of the fastest ways to access Windows tools.

To open Windows Tools using the Run dialog:

  1. Hurry Win + R to open the To run box.
  2. Then type control administrative tools and click OKAY. This will open the Windows Tools folder on your PC.

Although Microsoft is slowly moving away from it, you can still open the Control Panel in Windows 11. It still exists and is home to many advanced options, such as Windows Tools.

Here’s how:

  1. press the To win key and type control.
  2. Then click on the Control Panel option in the search result.
  3. When the Control Panel opens, click the Seen by drop-down menu in the upper left corner and select Small icons. This will list all control panel items.
  4. Next, locate and click on the Windows tools ability to access your administration tools.

Alternatively, you can also search for the tool to access it in Control Panel. Type windows tools in the Control Panel search bar and click the appropriate option in the search result to open the Administrative Tools folder.

Windows Search is an extremely handy utility for searching files and apps in Windows 11. Here is how you can use it to open Windows tools in Windows 11.

  1. Click it Search icon (Magnifying Glass) on the taskbar to open Windows Search. Alternatively, press the To win key to pop up The start menu.
  2. Then type Windows tools and click the app icon to launch the app.


If you prefer to use the command prompt, you can use the “control admintools” command to open Windows tools. However, make sure you open the command prompt as an administrator for this method to work properly.

  1. Hurry Win + R open To run.
  2. Then type ordered. Taking Ctrl+ShiftClick on OKAY to open the command prompt as an administrator.
  3. In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and press Enter to run:
     control admintools
  4. The command prompt will run the command and launch the Windows Tools dialog.

Windows PowerShell shares some commands with the classic Command Prompt. If you prefer PowerShell to the command prompt, here’s how to open Windows Tools using PowerShell.

  1. press the To win key and type powershell.
  2. Right click on the PowerShell option and select Execute as administrator. Click on Yes if you are invited User Account Control.
  3. In the PowerShell window, type the following command and press Walk in execute:
    control admintools
  4. Once the command is executed, you should see the Windows Tools dialog box pop-up.

You can pin the most frequently used apps to your taskbar in Windows 11. With the app pinned to the taskbar, you can access it with a single click or use the Win + Number shortcut.

To pin Windows tools to the taskbar:

  1. press the victory key and type Windows tools.
  2. Then right click on the Windows tools app in the search result and select Pin to taskbar.
  3. The application shortcut will now be available in the taskbar.

Alternatively, you can also use the Win + # (where # is the taskbar item number) to open apps pinned to your taskbar. For example, if you have Windows Tools as the third taskbar item, press Win + 3 to quickly open Windows tools with a keyboard shortcut.

If you need to access administrative tools frequently, you can create a custom desktop shortcut for Windows tools. It’s an easy way to access any application with a double click.

To create a custom Windows Tools desktop shortcut:

  1. Right-click on your desktop (empty area) and select New > Shortcut.
  2. In the To create a shortcut dialog box, copy and paste the location of the following item:
    "C:UsersTashreefAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsAdministrative Tools.lnk"
  3. Click on Next Continue.
  4. Next, enter a name for the shortcut. By default Windows will add Administrative tools. If you want, you can change it to Windows tools.
  5. Click on Finish to save and create the shortcut.

The newly created shortcut will appear on your desktop. However, if no desktop shortcut is visible, make sure you have Show desktop icons enabled for your PC.

To enable desktop icons:

  1. Right-click on an empty desktop area.
  2. Select See then click Show desktop icons.
  3. Double-click the Windows Tools shortcut to access Windows administrative tools.


Additionally, right-click the Windows Tools shortcut and select Pin to start to add the shortcut to the Start menu. You can also copy and paste the shortcut manually to add it to another location in File Explorer.

Most Windows administrative tools are designed for advanced users and are hidden in the Windows Tools folder. You can use the Windows search function to access any of the administrative tools. If you need to view all tools, you can find them in the Windows Tools folder.

Besides the built-in utilities, there are third-party administration tools that you can use to extend the functionality of your Windows system. These tools consist of FTP solutions, network analyzers, IP scanners, development kits and remote connection tools in a portable format.

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