How to Open Device Manager: A Comprehensive Guide

By Dominic Chooper on April 10, 2023

The Device Manager of Windows is a useful tool and you can open it in several different ways. Some of these ways will allow quick access, while the others may take a bit more time.

If you are not aware of these different methods, it is good to know them all, and for that, you are in the best possible place.


14 Ways to Open Device Manager?

How to Open Device Manager

You can open Device Manager in the traditional ways, with or without using the keyboard, and even by voice command!

So, without further ado, here they are, described just for you.

Method 1: Ask Cortana

Perhaps the simplest of all ways to open Device Manager is to ask Cortana to ‘Launch Device Manager.’

Method 2: From the Start Menu

This is one of the quickest ways to launch the Device Manager tool.

Open Device Manager From the Start Menu

Alternatively, you can access the above window more quickly by pressing the Windows and X keys on your keyboard simultaneously.

In Windows 11, however, you can press only the Windows key on the keyboard.

You can also click on the Search button on the taskbar, usually indicated by a small magnifying glass, and follow the same method of typing device manager and choosing the tool as you would in Windows 10.

Method 3: From the Control Panel

Open Device Manager rom the Control Panel

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Hardware and Sound category

Select Device Manager from the following window under Devices and Printers

Alternatively, you can also choose the Large icons option by clicking on the small arrow next to Category in the top-right corner of the Control Panel window, as shown in the image below.

Large icons

From the next window, you can directly access the Device Manager by clicking on the option as shown in the image below with a red box.

From the next window, you can directly access the Device Manager

Method 4: From Windows Settings

Open Device Manager from Windows Settings

(You can also press the Windows and I keys on your keyboard together to launch the above window.)

Go to System in the new window

Scroll down to the About option

(If you do not find it at the bottom of the page, it may be on the far right-hand top side of the window.)

Finally, click on it to launch it.

Method 5: Create a Shortcut from the Desktop

Create a Shortcut from the Desktop

(Here, make sure that you use the executable file and not any ancillary file. If you do not know it, simply type devmgmt, either in part or in full, and the file will be automatically inserted.)

type devmgmt

Naming shortcut

Method 6: Pin to Start or Taskbar

For quicker access to Device Manager, you can even Pin the icon to Start or to the taskbar, as you prefer.

Pin to Start or Taskbar

However, if you are using the Windows 11 operating system, you will only get the Pin to Start option.

If you want to pin the icon to the taskbar, you will need to need to access the devmgmt.msc file first and then pin it to the taskbar by following these steps:

Find This PC

Select Drive C: or Local Disk C:

Double-click on the Windows folder

System32 folder

Choose Show more options

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Pin to taskbar

Method 7: From Computer Management

Open Device Manager from Computer Management

However, in Windows 11, you will not be able to open Device Manager with these few steps.

Click on Show more options

Click on Manage

This will open the Computer Management window, from which you can select the Device Manager located in the left pane.

Method 8: Via the Task Manager

(Alternatively, you can press the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys together.)

Open Device Manager via the Task Manager

Choose Run new task


Open Device Manager by Using the Keyboard

If you want to open the Device Manager on your PC very quickly by using simply the keyboard, then you can follow different ways as well, over and above using the Run command. Usually, the Run command will work irrespective of the Windows operating system version installed in your computer system.

Here are all the ways to open the Device Manager utility with your keyboard.

Method 9: Pressing the Windows and X Keys

Method 10: From Run

devmgmt.msc in Run

Method 11: From the Command Prompt or PowerShell

Almost similar to opening the Device Manager with a keyboard by using Run command is opening it by using the Command Prompt. Here are the detailed steps to follow in this specific case:

In the Command Prompt, type any of the two following commands and press Enter every time:

This will open Device Manager immediately.

There is an alternative method for the same in Windows. Since the Device Manager is typically a Control Panel applet, you can also use the following specific commands in the Command Prompt or in the Run dialog box as well:

Open Device Manager as an Administrator

You can run the Device Manager as an administrator as well.

You will ideally be using it that way by default if you login to your account as an administrator in the first place. You will not have to follow any additional steps in that case to use the default admin privileges.

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However, in most cases, users sign into their regular account. In such scenarios, you will typically have to follow these additional steps.

Usually, to do that, you will primarily need to open it either through the Run command or Command Prompt.

Here are the different steps to follow for that:

Method 12: Select Run as Administrator

(In most cases, the same options may be available in the tile section at the right. You can click on Run as administrator there as well.)

Right-click on the Command Prompt

Method 13: Press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER Keys Simultaneously

This will open Device Manager as an administrator.

However, sometimes you may need to enter your credentials for an admin account in the case of Command Prompt or PowerShell and then press Enter.

Method 14: Create a Shortcut

If you are not comfortable with using commands, there is a much simpler, though a bit longer, way to open Device Manager as an administrator.

This PC app

Now go to the Drive C, Windows folder, and System32 folder, as you did in Method 6 described earlier.

Create shortcut for devmgmt

This will create a shortcut on the desktop.

devmgmt – Shortcut run as administrator

Now you can access it as an administrator when you want. Once again, you can pin the Device Manager icon to the Start menu or the taskbar as before for even quicker access.


As you see, there are different traditional ways to open Device Manager on your PC.

There are also a few ways to open it by using your keyboard only. However, not all users are comfortable with using commands.

For them, using the other easier ways to open this utility on a Windows PC will be a much better option.