Do you want to access all the Windows services on your computer? Then you need to open the Services app (services.msc), which lets you set what services run when Windows starts, disable the services you do not need, and perform other useful actions. Here’s how to open Services in Windows 10 and Windows 11:
NOTE: This guide was made using Windows 10 and Windows 11. However, most of the instructions apply to older versions of Windows too. If you do not know your Windows version, read this tutorial: How to tell what Windows I have (11 ways). I also recommend reading this guide which explains what Windows services are and what they do.
Search is always a great choice for opening apps as fast as possible. If you’re using Windows 10, either press the Windows key on your keyboard or click/tap inside the Search box and type the word services. Then, press Enter when you see the Services search result, or click or tap on it. For more information, here are twelve tips on how to search in Windows 10.
Similarly, if you’re using Windows 11, click or tap the Search icon on the taskbar and type services. Or press the Windows key, type services, and then press Enter when you see the search results.
TIP: If you’re unfamiliar with Windows 11, here’s how to use Windows 11’s Search feature.
Press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard to open the Run window. Type services.msc and hit Enter on your keyboard or click/tap the OK button.
The Services app window is now open.
You can also use the Command Prompt, PowerShell, or Windows Terminal to view your Windows services with the help of one simple command. Just open CMD or the command-line app you prefer, and type:
Press Enter, and the Services window immediately pops up.
TIP: Here’s which Windows services are safe to disable and when.
Some people want to know the location of the services.msc file on their disk. If you’re also curious, you can find this file by opening File Explorer (Windows + E) and navigating to
Scroll down to the files that start with the letter S, and you’ll find services.msc among them.
Double-clicking or double-tapping on the file opens the Services window.
You can also create a shortcut to services.msc, the file used to open the Services window. To do that, right-click or press-and-hold somewhere on the empty space on your desktop, and choose New > Shortcut.
In the Create Shortcut wizard, type services.msc, click or tap Next, enter a name for your shortcut, and then click or tap Finish.
You can then use the shortcut you’ve created to quickly open the list of Windows services on your computer.
TIP: You can also download our collection of Windows shortcuts, and then extract and use the Services shortcut included in the Administrative Tools folder of shortcuts we’ve created for you.
In Windows 10, you have a Services shortcut directly on the Start Menu. To access it, click or tap the Windows icon on the taskbar, and scroll down the list of programs until you see Windows Administrative Tools. Next, click or tap on this folder to expand it, and then scroll down to the Services shortcut and click or tap on it.
In Windows 11, things are more complicated: click or tap the Windows icon and then the All Apps button on the top-right corner of the Start Menu.
Scroll down the All apps list until you find Windows Tools, and click/tap on it.
Windows Tools opens in a new window. In it, find the Services shortcut and double-click (or double-tap) on it.
You can finally see the Services window, listing all your Windows services.
Even if Microsoft is slowly phasing out the Control Panel, we still have it in Windows, and we can use it to access many administrative tools, including Services. First, start the Control Panel, and go to System and Security. At the bottom, you’ll see either Windows Tools (if you’re using Windows 11), or Administrative Tools (if you’re using Windows 10).
A new window opens, where you can find the Services shortcut alongside many others.
Double-click or double-tap on Services to open it.
The list of Windows services can also be found in the Computer Management app. One way to open Computer Management is to right-click (or press-and-hold) the Windows icon on the taskbar or press the Windows + X keys on your keyboard. In the WinX menu, choose Computer Management.
When you see the Computer Management window, click or tap on Services and Applications in the left panel, and then double-click or double-tap on Services in the middle one.
The list of Windows services is then shown.
Few people know that the Task Manager can be used to run apps too, not just end their functioning. If you’re using Windows 10, after opening the Task Manager, click or tap on File and choose Run new task.
You see the Create new task window, which is similar to the Run window mentioned earlier. In the Open field, type services.msc and then click or tap OK. The Services window immediately opens.
If you’re using Windows 11, things are a bit simpler. After you open Task Manager, click or tap the Run new task button in the Processes tab. You see the Create new task window, where you type services.msc and click or tap OK.
That’s easy, isn’t it?
Now you know all the ways to open the Services window and view which Windows services are installed and running on your PC. Try them out, identify the ones that work best for you, and share your preferred method in a comment below.