10 ways to open the Windows Mobility Center in Windows (all versions)

The Windows Mobility Center is a lesser known tool that exists in all modern Windows versions. The app is designed with laptop users in mind. However, it works just as well on Windows tablets and hybrid devices, and it gives access to features and settings for controlling the battery, the display brightness, the sound volume, and the presentation mode. To use it, you must first know how to open the Windows Mobility Center. In this article, we show you ten methods to do that:

NOTE: This guide covers Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1. Some methods work in all three versions of Windows, others just in one or two. For each method, we mention the Windows version in which it works. If you do not know the version of Windows that you have, read this tutorial: What version of Windows do I have installed?.

IMPORTANT: The Windows Mobility Center is not available on desktop computers. If you try to open it on a PC without a battery, you receive a message saying that “Windows Mobility Center is available only on laptops.”

1. Open the Windows Mobility Center by using search (all Windows versions)

Regardless of whether you use Windows 10, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you can always use search to open the Windows Mobility Center. In Windows 10, click or tap the search field from the taskbar, and type the word mobility. Then, click or tap the Windows Mobility Center search result.

If you are using Windows 7, open the Start Menu and search for mobility. Then, click the Windows Mobility Center search result.

In Windows 8.1, switch to the Start screen and start typing the word mobility. Then, click or tap the Windows Mobility Center result.

2. Open the Windows Mobility Center by using the battery icon from the system tray, in all Windows versions

A method that works in all modern Windows versions is to use the battery icon from the system tray. It is the icon that shows the current state of your battery, and usually looks like this:

Right-click or tap and hold on the battery icon. This opens a small contextual menu, and one of the options in it should be Windows Mobility Center. Click or tap on it.

3. Open the Windows Mobility Center by using the keyboard shortcut Win + X (Windows 7 only)

If you are using Windows 7, the fastest way to open the Windows Mobility Center is to press the Win+X keys on your keyboard simultaneously.

This shortcut does something else in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. More on that in the next section of this tutorial.

4. Open the Windows Mobility Center by using the WinX menu (Windows 10 and Windows 8.1)

If you press the Win + X keys in Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, the power user menu opens. In it, there is a shortcut called the Mobility Center. Click or tap on it, and the Windows Mobility Center opens.

5. Open the Windows Mobility Center by using the Control Panel (all Windows versions)

Regardless of your Windows version, open the Control Panel and navigate to the Hardware and Sound section. In it, you should also find a link to the Windows Mobility Center.

6. Open the Windows Mobility Center by using the Run window (all Windows versions)

Open the Run window (press Win + R on the keyboard), type mblctr and press Enter or click/tap OK.

7. Open the Windows Mobility Center by using Command Prompt or PowerShell (all Windows versions)

If you like using the Command Prompt or PowerShell, you can type mblctr to start the Windows Mobility Center in any Windows version.

8. Open the Windows Mobility Center by using the Task Manager (all Windows versions)

You can also open the Windows Mobility Center via Task Manager. Launch it by pressing the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on your keyboard and, if the Task Manager opens up in its compact mode, click or tap on “More details.” Then, open the File menu and click or tap on “New task” in Windows 7 or “Run new task” in Windows 10 or Windows 8.1. In the “Create new task” window, type “mblctr” and press Enter or OK.

9. Open the Windows Mobility Center by using File Explorer in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, or Windows Explorer in Windows 7

An alternative way to open the Windows Mobility Center is to use the File Explorer or Windows Explorer. Open the file manager from your Windows device and, in its address bar, type mblctr. Press Enter on your keyboard, and the Windows Mobility Center opens immediately.

10. Open the Windows Mobility Center by running its executable file (all Windows versions)

The Windows Mobility Center has an executable file called mblctr.exe, which you can find in the System32 subfolder of the Windows folder. Navigate to this location and double-click or double-tap on mblctr.exe, and the Windows Mobility Center opens immediately.

Which method do you prefer?

Now you know several methods that you can use to open the Windows Mobility Center. If you want to know how to work with it productively, we recommend that you read this guide: How to make the most of your laptop with the Windows Mobility Center. Also, if you know other ways of opening the Windows Mobility Center, do not hesitate to share them in a comment below and we will update this guide based on your feedback.