How to Open Settings App in Windows 10

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In Windows 10, many Windows settings, customization and personalization options can be found in the Settings, which is an universal app. In fact, Microsoft has been moving more and more settings and configuration options from Control Panel to the Settings app.

Settings is organized into the several categories, including System, Devices, Network & Internet, Personalization, Accounts, Time & language, Ease of Access, Privacy, and Update & security. Each category contains more settings and options that you can configure.

Windows 10 Settings

This tutorial shows you various different ways on how to open the Settings app in Windows 10.

Method 1: Start Menu / Start Screen

Click or tap on the Start button on the Taskbar or press the Windows key to open the Start menu or Start screen, then click or tap on the Settings.

Open Settings in Windows 10

In Windows 10 Anniversary Update Version 1607 or later, the Settings has been moved to the left rail of the Start menu.

Settings on Start Menu Left Rail

Note: This method works only if you don’t hide and remove Settings folder from the Start menu or Start screen.

Method 2: Access All Settings via Action Center (Notifications Center)

Click or tap on the Action Center system icon (also known as Notifications Center or Notifications bar) in the notification area (system tray) of Taskbar. Then, click or tap on the All settings.

All Settings of Action Center Notification Bar

Method 3: Keyboard Shortcut

Press the Windows + I keyboard shortcut to open Settings directly.

Method 4: Open Settings through File Explorer

Open File Explorer and go to This PC in the navigation pane. Click or tap on the Computer tab in the Ribbon menu, the click or tap on Open Settings.

Open Settings via File Explorer

Tip: You can choose to open File Explorer in Quick Access or This PC by default.

Method 5: Open Settings or Specific Settings Page Using Run Command

Press the Windows + R keys or open Quick Access menu and select Run to open Run command dialog.

Type in the ms-settings URI which opens the Settings app or its page and hit Enter or OK. For example, to open Settings app, enter ms-settings:. Refer to the table below for the ms-settings URI scheme that you can use to launch the built-in Settings app or specific Settings page.

Category Settings Page Supported SKUs URI
Home (Settings) Landing page for Settings Both ms-settings:
System Display Both ms-settings:display


Notifications Both ms-settings:notifications
Storage Desktop only ms-settings:storagesense
Battery Saver Both ms-settings:batterysaver
Battery Saver Settings Both ms-settings:batterysaver-settings
Battery Use Both ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
Power & sleep Both ms-settings:powersleep
Offline Maps Both ms-settings:maps
Tablet mode ms-settings:tabletmode
Manage optional features ms-settings:optionalfeatures
Devices Bluetooth Mobile




Connected Devices Desktop only ms-settings:connecteddevices
Mouse & Touchpad Both ms-settings:mousetouchpad
Typing ms-settings:typing
Network and Wi-fi Wi-Fi Mobile




Manage Wi-fi settings ms-settings:network-wifisettings
Airplane mode Mobile




Proximity ms-settings:proximity
Cellular Both ms-settings:network-cellular
Dial-up Desktop only ms-settings:network-dialup
Ethernet Desktop only ms-settings:network-ethernet
Proxy Desktop only ms-settings:network-proxy
Data Sense Both ms-settings:datausage
NFC Mobile only n/a
NFC Mobile only n/a
Mobile Hotspot Mobile




VPN ms-settings:network-vpn
DirectAccess ms-settings:network-directaccess
Personalization Lock screen Both ms-settings:lockscreen
Personalization Both ms-settings:personalization
Background ms-settings:personalization-background
Colors ms-settings:personalization-colors


Start ms-settings:personalization-start
Themes ms-settings:themes
Ease of Access Narrator ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Magnifier ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
High Contrast ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Closed captions ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
Keyboard ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Mouse ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Other options ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
Accounts Your account Both ms-settings:emailandaccounts
Your workplace Mobile




Family & other users ms-settings:otherusers
Sign in options ms-settings:signinoptions
Time and language Date & time Both ms-settings:dateandtime
Region & language Desktop only ms-settings:regionlanguage
Speech Both ms-settings:speech
Privacy Calendar Both ms-settings:privacy-calendar
Contacts Both ms-settings:privacy-contacts
Account info ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Feedback & diagnostics Both ms-settings:privacy-feedback
Location Both ms-settings:privacy-location
Messaging Both ms-settings:privacy-messaging
Microphone Both ms-settings:privacy-microphone
Other Both ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Radio Both ms-settings:privacy-radios
Speech Both ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Webcam Both ms-settings:privacy-webcam
Privacy (General) ms-settings:privacy
Motion ms-settings:privacy-motion
Update & Security Windows update Both ms-settings:windowsupdate
For developer ms-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.

Tip: You can create a new shortcut for Settings app or a specific Settings page by using the ms-settings URI listed in the table above.

Method 6: Open Settings or Specific Settings Page Using Command Prompt

The same ms-settings URI listed in the table in method 5 above can be triggered via Command Prompt with elevated privileges, by appeding the start command. For example, start ms-settings: will open the Settings.

Method 7: Create Shortcuts to Settings Page

You can create shortcuts to Settings app or inner pages of Settings app. The shortcuts can then be placed at Desktop and other convenient place to open directly to Settings page.

By |2016-12-09T08:38:41+00:00December 9th, 2016|Categories: Windows|Tags: , |4 Comments

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