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If you’re running a lot of different processes at the same time, you may forget which ones are running with escalated (admin) privileges. You can use Task Manager in Windows 11 to quickly find out.

To find out which processes you’re running with administrative privileges, you’ll need to display a special column in Task Manager that’s hidden by default. To display this column, go ahead and open Task Manager. You can do this by pressing the Ctrl+Shift+Esc keyboard shortcut, or by clicking the Search icon in the Windows taskbar, typing “Task Manager” in the Search box, and then clicking the Task Manager app in the search results.

Open Task Manager.

The Task Manager window will appear. Click “More Details” at the bottom of the window.

Once clicked, a lot of different information about currently running processes will be displayed, as well as a header menu. In this header menu, click the “Details” tab.

On the details screen, you’ll see several columns displaying various information about each process. Right-click any of the column headers, such as “Name,” “PID,” “Status,” and so on. Now click “Select Columns” in the context menu that appears.

The Select Columns window will appear. This is where you can select different column types to be displayed in the Task Manager’s Details tab. Scroll down until you find “Elevated,” check the box next to it, and then click “OK.”

Select Elevated.

The Elevated column will now appear in Task Manager.

The Elevated tab.

If a process has “Yes” in the Elevated column, that process is running with administrative privileges.

That’s all there is to it. You can run almost any application in Windows 11 with administrative privileges, including File Explorer. Don’t forget that user accounts on the system can have administrative privileges, as well.

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