Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 10 includes more and more settings, configuration options, customizations and personalization in Settings app. In Windows 7 or earlier versions of Windows, all these settings can be found in Control Panel, while in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, they are split between Control Panel and PC Settings app, though most of them could still be accessed in Control Panel. Not the case with Windows 10. For example, Windows Update is now exclusively in Settings.

Though Windows 10 Settings is a kind of universal app, Microsoft does provide a way to access directly to specific individual settings page via ms-settings URI, which can be used in shortcuts – icons that can be placed on desktop, Start menu, Taskbar or any other locations with ability to assign keyboard shortcuts – for quickly access.

Almost all pages in the Settings has their own unique URI, which stands for “Uniform Resource Identifier”. Here’s how to create and make a shortcut that open directly to a Settings page in Windows 10:

  1. Right-click or tap and hold on any blank place on the Desktop or File Explorer.
  2. Choose New -> Shortcut.
  3. In the type the location of the item input text box, enter the ms-settings URI for the corresponding Settings page that you want the shortcut to open. Refer to the table below for the specific ms-settings URI. For example, to open the Data Usage Settings page, type ms-settings:datausage in the input text box.

    Create Shortcut to Settings

    Click or tap on Next when done.

  4. Give the shortcut a name.

    Shortcut Name to Settings Page

    Click or tap on Finish button when done.

That’s it. Double click or tap on the shortcut instantly go to the corresponding Settings app inner page. If you want to assign a keyboard shortcut to it, right-click on the icon created and select Properties. On the Web Document tab, go to Shortcut input box, press the keyboard shortcut you’d like to use, for instance Ctrl + Alt + D, and then hit OK. You can also move the shortcut to whichever location you prefer.

List of Settings Pages ms-settings URI

CategorySettings PageSupported SKUsURI
Home (Settings)Landing page for SettingsBothms-settings:
SystemDisplayBothms-settings:display

ms-settings:screenrotation

NotificationsBothms-settings:notifications
StorageDesktop onlyms-settings:storagesense
Battery SaverBothms-settings:batterysaver
Battery Saver SettingsBothms-settings:batterysaver-settings
Battery UseBothms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
Power & sleepBothms-settings:powersleep
Offline MapsBothms-settings:maps
Tablet modems-settings:tabletmode
Manage optional featuresms-settings:optionalfeatures
DevicesBluetoothMobile

Desktop

ms-settings-bluetooth:

ms-settings:bluetooth

Connected DevicesDesktop onlyms-settings:connecteddevices
Mouse & TouchpadBothms-settings:mousetouchpad
Typingms-settings:typing
Network and Wi-fiWi-FiMobile

Desktop

ms-settings-wifi:

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ms-settings:network-wifi

Manage Wi-fi settingsms-settings:network-wifisettings
Airplane modeMobile

Desktop

ms-settings-airplanemode:

ms-settings:network-airplanemode

Proximityms-settings:proximity
CellularBothms-settings:network-cellular
Dial-upDesktop onlyms-settings:network-dialup
EthernetDesktop onlyms-settings:network-ethernet
ProxyDesktop onlyms-settings:network-proxy
Data SenseBothms-settings:datausage
NFCMobile onlyn/a
NFCMobile onlyn/a
Mobile HotspotMobile

Desktop

ms-settings-mobilehotspot:

ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot

VPNms-settings:network-vpn
DirectAccessms-settings:network-directaccess
PersonalizationLock screenBothms-settings:lockscreen
PersonalizationBothms-settings:personalization
Backgroundms-settings:personalization-background
Colorsms-settings:personalization-colors

ms-settings:colors

Startms-settings:personalization-start
Themesms-settings:themes
Ease of AccessNarratorms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Magnifierms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
High Contrastms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Closed captionsms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
Keyboardms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Mousems-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Other optionsms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
AccountsYour accountBothms-settings:emailandaccounts
Your workplaceMobile

Desktop

ms-settings-workplace:

ms-settings:workplace

Family & other usersms-settings:otherusers
Sign in optionsms-settings:signinoptions
Time and languageDate & timeBothms-settings:dateandtime
Region & languageDesktop onlyms-settings:regionlanguage
SpeechBothms-settings:speech
PrivacyCalendarBothms-settings:privacy-calendar
ContactsBothms-settings:privacy-contacts
Account infoms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Feedback & diagnosticsBothms-settings:privacy-feedback
LocationBothms-settings:privacy-location
MessagingBothms-settings:privacy-messaging
MicrophoneBothms-settings:privacy-microphone
OtherBothms-settings:privacy-customdevices
RadioBothms-settings:privacy-radios
SpeechBothms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
WebcamBothms-settings:privacy-webcam
Privacy (General)ms-settings:privacy
Motionms-settings:privacy-motion
Update & SecurityWindows updateBothms-settings:windowsupdate
For developerms-settings:developers

Note: The Supported SKUs column indicates whether the settings page exists in Windows 10 for desktop editions (Home, Pro, and Enterprise), Windows 10 Mobile, or both.