7 Ways to Open the Services App in Windows 11

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On your computer, a slew of Windows and third-party software services run in the background. Those services are little programs with extremely particular purposes. You can’t run services like you would conventional software, and many of them start on their own.

Windows offers a Services app that allows you to disable and enable services as well as change their parameters. As a result, you may need to open that app from time to time to ensure that the needed Windows services are at least enabled. The methods listed below can be used to open Services.

1. Open Services With Run

Run is a Windows feature that allows you to start built-in tools and apps. As a result, many people use that attachment to launch built-in Windows software. Run can be used to open Services in this manner.

  1. You can launch Run by pressing Win + R (or by selecting its shortcut on the WinX menu).
  2. Type services.msc within Run’s text box.
    The Run accessory
  3. Click OK to bring up the Services window.

2. Open Services With the Search Tool

The search feature in Windows 11 can also be used to open built-in and third-party apps. You can open a file or app from the search tool once you’ve located it. This is how to use the search box in Windows 11 to launch Services.

  1. To open the search box, press the handy Win + S keyboard shortcut to open it.
  2. Input the keyword services within the search tool’s text box.
  3. Select Services within the search utility.
    The Services app
  4. You can also click a Run as administrator option for the Services app there.

3. Access Services From Computer Management

Computer Administration is a Windows component that combines a number of system management utilities into one package. Its system tools, for example, include Task Scheduler, Event Viewer, Performance, and Device Manager. Within Computer Management, you can also access Services as seen below.

  1. Right-click the Start menu button and select the Computer Management option.
    The Computer Management option
  2. Click the small arrow besides Services and Applications.
  3. Then select Services to open it within Computer Management as in the snapshot directly below.
    The Computer Management window

4. Open Services via Windows Terminal (PowerShell and Command Prompt)

Windows Terminal is a program that allows you to use command-line tools like PowerShell and the Command Prompt. In Microsoft’s latest desktop platform, that app replaces Windows Console. You can use Windows Terminal to open Services with Command Prompt and PowerShell. To do so, simply follow these simple instructions.

  1. Press Win + X to open the WinX menu.
  2. Select Windows Terminal (Admin) on that menu.
  3. To choose a command-line utility, click the down arrow button. Then you can select Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell on the Open a new tab menu.
    The Open a new tab menu
  4. Type services.msc within the Command Prompt or PowerShell tab, and press the Enter key.
    The services.msc command

5. Open Services via the Start Menu

In Windows 11, there is no direct link to the Services app in the Start menu. Many of the platform’s built-in tools are found in the Windows Tools folder on that menu. From there, you can open Services in the same way.

  1. Click the Start menu’s taskbar button.
  2. Select All apps on the Start menu.
  3. Scroll down the menu to the Windows Tools folder.
    Windows Tools on the Start menu
  4. Click Windows Tools to view its contents.
  5. Then select Services from there.
    The Windows Tools Control Panel folder

6. Open Services With a Desktop Shortcut

Many customers would undoubtedly want the Services app to be available on the desktop right now. In just a few simple steps, you can create a desktop shortcut for Services. This is how you create a shortcut like this in Windows 11.

  1. Right-click any space on your desktop wallpaper to select New.
  2. Click Shortcut on the submenu.
  3. Type services.msc within the item location text box as in the snapshot directly below.
    The Create Shortcut window
  4. Select Next to continue to the final step.
  5. Enter Services within the name box, and click the Finish button.

You can now open Services by clicking the Services shortcut on your desktop. It’s a taskbar or Start menu shortcut that you can also pin. To do so, right-click the Services icon and choose Show additional choices from the menu that appears. Then you may choose between pinning to the taskbar and pinning to the start menu. You can’t, however, choose to pin a shortcut to both.

7. Open Services With a Hotkey

With a little tweaking, a desktop shortcut can become a keyboard hotkey. Like any other custom shortcut, you can apply a hotkey to the Services desktop shortcut. You’ll be able to access Services at any moment by hitting the Ctrl + Alt key combination. This is what you’ll need to do if you want to use a hotkey to open Services.

  1. Add a Services shortcut to Windows 11’s desktop as outlined for the previous method.
  2. Right-click the Services icon to select a Properties context menu option.
  3. Next, click inside the Shortcut key text box to place a text cursor there.
  4. Press S to establish a Ctrl + Alt + S hotkey for Services.

       5.Select Apply to save the new key combination.

       6.Click OK to close the properties window.

Now you can put your new Services hotkey to the test. To open the Services window, press the Ctrl + Alt + S key sequence. If you prefer, you can modify the hotkey in the Shortcut tab to something else.

If you remove the Services desktop shortcut, the hotkey will no longer work. You’ll need a third-party app to set up hotkeys without first setting up desktop ones. WinHotKey is a good freeware program for configuring new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11.

Configure Services With the Services App in Windows 11

Now you can put your new Services hotkey to the test. To open the Services window, press the Ctrl + Alt + S key sequence. If you prefer, you can modify the hotkey in the Shortcut tab to something else.

If you remove the Services desktop shortcut, the hotkey will no longer work. You’ll need a third-party app to set up hotkeys without first setting up desktop ones. WinHotKey is a good freeware program for configuring new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11.


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