I run into this often enough that I thought I’d share this quick tip for
Windows 7 users.
Pinning something to the task bar so that it’s always there ready to be run
is convenient, but if you also, as I do, occasionally need to run items as the
administrator, it’s not obvious where the “run as administrator” option is. In
fact, it’s also not obvious how to run a second instance.
I’ll show you.
I’ll use the Windows Command Prompt as my example, since it’s not uncommon to a) want to run it as administrator occasionally, and b) want to run multiple copies of it.
Here it is, not running, pinned to my task bar:
Click on it, and it’ll start an instance of the Command prompt.
Click on it again, and it’ll … not start an instance, but rather toggle the already running instance between being minimized and being displayed.
Right click on it, and you get this popup menu which would seem to offer some hope:
Click on the Command Prompt in the popup menu and you’ll get … a second instance of the Command Prompt.
But still no “run as administrator”.
Here’s the trick: right click on that Command Prompt in the popup menu to get another popup menu:
There’s the missing “run as administrator” option we’ve been looking for.
A couple of caveats:
You’ll either need to be logged in as an administrator, or perhaps have to supply the administrator password to run something as the administrator (that’s kinda the point).
Not all programs should be run as administrator. Make sure you know what you’re doing.
Not all programs support running multiple instances. Command Prompt obviously does, but other programs may simply cause the already running instance to come to the foreground.