8 Best Ways to Open Services on Windows 11

Looking to Open Services on PC. Here is the Comprehensive Guide to Know the Best Ways to Open Services on Windows 11.

This guide will teach us the 8 best ways to open Services on Windows 11. Windows Services are background processes. They run on any Windows operating system and execute various functions related to the operating system. The Windows services are designed to run without user intervention. They start automatically when the system boots up.

Let us learn a little about Windows services before we check out the ways to access them. Windows services primarily constitute running critical system processes. We can think of task scheduling and managing system updates. These Services can be used to automate tasks, such as running a backup at a specific time or sending an email notification when a particular event occurs.

Windows network functionality such as DNS Client, Network Location Awareness, and Server management services are also found under Windows Services. Most of the significant background processes run without any user intervention. Examples of these include file indexing, backing up files, or managing malware on the PC.

Top Ways to Open Services on Windows 11

There are several ways by which you can access the services of Windows OS. Usually, one would access the Windows services to control them as and when required manually. This means you can enable and disable any services if you have the necessary permissions.

1. Use Windows Search to Access the Services App

The good old Windows search never disappoints when you want to find out something on Windows OS.

  1. Press Windows + S to bring up the search console.
  2. Type Services.
  3. Click Open when the Services App shows up in the search result.
    open the Services app Windows 11

2. Open the Windows Services Using the Run Tool

Using the Run tool is another faster way to access Windows services.

  1. Press Windows + R.
  2. Type services.msc and press enter.
    open windows services msc
  3. If you have previously accessed Services using this trick, then services.msc will show up in the suggestion as you start typing the command. Instead of typing around the full command, you can press the Tab key to select the Services. msc from the suggestion and press enter.

3. Using Command Prompt to Open the Services

You can use the Command Prompt to open the Services of Windows 11. You have to enter the same command as you enter using the Run tool. Here is how it works.

  1. Launch Command Prompt with administrator permission using Windows Search(Win + S).
    run command prompt as administrator
  2. Type the command

    open services app from command prompt

  3. Press enter. You will be redirected to the Windows Services section.

4. How to Use the Control panel to Access Services App

You can access Services using the Control Panel. In case you did not know this before, try this method to manage Windows services.

  1. Launch the Control Panel using Windows Search.
    open control panel
  2. Navigate to Windows Tool and click on it.
    access windows tools in Control Panel
  3. Then double-click on Services App to launch it.
    launch the Services app from Control panel

5. Access Windows Services Using PowerShell Command

Alternatively, you can also use the other command line tool, Windows PowerShell to launch the Windows services app. Here are the steps for that.

  1. Press the Windows key to bring up the search console.
  2. Now, type PowerShell.
  3. When Windows PowerShell shows up in the result, click on Open.
    open windows powershell as administrator
  4. Then enter the command below.

    open services app using PowerShell

  5. Press Enter to find your way to Windows service.

6. Open Windows Services from File Explorer

File Explorer is one of the prominent elements of Windows OS. Usually, through File Explorer, you can make your way to the System32 folder under the Drive in which you generally install the Windows OS. Inside the System32 folder, you will find the Services app.

  1. Launch the File Explorer from the Windows Search.
  2. Then click on the C:Drive, which is the primary Drive where users install the Windows OS.
    open the primary drive of Windows OS
  3. Under that, click on the Windows folder.
    windows system folder
  4. Next, scroll to the folder System32 and open it.
    open the System 32 folder
  5. Scroll down to the Services file and double-click on it to open it.
    services app within System32 folder

NOTE: In Step-5, there will be two elements named Services. Double-click the one whose Type is Microsoft Common Console Document.

7. Create A Desktop Shortcut to Access Windows Services

Here is a creative way of accessing Windows Services. Instead of clicking around or using hotkeys whenever you want to open the Windows services, you can create a desktop shortcut. Anytime you want to manage the Windows Services, use the shortcut to launch the Services app.

  1. Go to the desktop of Windows.
  2. Right-click on the desktop and from the menu select New > Shortcut.
    create a new Shortcut in Windows 11
  3. The Create Shortcut dialog box will show up.
  4. In the field, type the Item’s location, and mention Services.msc.
  5. Then click on Next.
    set location of Shortcut item
  6. Also, in the “Type the Name of the Shortcut” field, mention Services and click on Finish.
    set a name for the Windows shortcut

That’s it. The shortcut will be created. Double-click it to access the Services app whenever you want.

8. Use the Computer Management Utility to Invoke the Services App

Computer Management is a built-in computer management utility. It provides access to a wide range of system administration tools and settings. You can access the Services app from this utility. Here are the steps that you have to follow.

  1. Press Windows + R to bring up the Run tool.
  2. Enter compmgmt.msc in the search field and press enter.
    run compmgmt on Windows
  3. On the left column, click on Services and Applications.
  4. Now, on the immediate right, you will see the Services icon. Double-click on it to open the Services app.
    open services app from compmgmt.

9. Launch the Services app from Task Manager App

The Task Manager in Windows is a system utility that provides information about the processes and programs running on your Windows PC.

Here are the steps to launch the Services app from Task manager.

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt +Delete to launch Task Manager.
  2. Within the Task manager box, click on Run New Task.
    run new task in Windows task manager
  3. In the field Open, type services.msc and press enter. [or click the OK button]
    create new task open services app


So, these are the various ways by which you can open Services in Windows 11. Try these methods out and let me know which one works the best for you in accessing the Services app and managing the different Windows services. I hope the guide was informative.

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