How To Open Settings In Windows 10?


Windows 10 provides the Windows Settings in order to configure different settings of the Windows 10. Windows Settings features are provided with Windows 10 and did not provide for Windows 7, Windows 8, etc.

Windows Settings on Windows

Windows Settings can be used for the following configuration of the Windows 10 operating system.

  • System
  • Devices
  • Phone
  • Network&Internet
  • Personalization
  • Apps
  • Accounts
  • Time&Language
  • Gaming
  • Ease of Access
  • Cortana
  • Privacy
  • Update & Security

Open Settings with Keyboard Shortcut

The easiest and most practical way to open Settings window on Windows 10 is using keyboard shortcut. WIN+I is used to open Settings window.

WIN+I

Open Settings Via Start Menu

Another easy way to open Settings window is using the Start Menu . When we open start menu on the left side above the shutdown button the Settings window icon is located. We can open the Settings window by clicking to it.

Open Settings Via Start Menu

Open Settings Via Search Menu

Alternatively we can open the Settings window via the Search Menu . We will just type the settings to the search and the Settings app will be listed like below.

Open Settings Via Search Menu

Open Settings Via File Explorer

File Explorer also provides a quick launch icon to open Settings window. Settings icon is located on the header part of the file explorer. If it is not shown use the left corner down arrow to open this header part.

Open Settings Via File Explorer

Open Settings Via Quick Link Menu

Quick Link menu provides easy and quick access to the Windows operating system related applications like Setting, Power Options, Event Viewer, Disk Management etc. We can use the quick link menu in order to open Settings on Windows 10. We will use WIN+X keyboard shortcut in order to open Quick Link menu where we will click to the settings like below.

WIN+X
Open Settings Via Quick Link Menu

Open Settings Via Action Center

Windows provides the Action Center in order to get notifications easily and take easy actions for different things like Tablet Mode, Airplane Mode, Location Service, Screen snip, Projection and Settings. We can open Action Center from the right bottom corner like below. The we will click to the All settings to open Settings window.

Open Settings Via Action Center

Open Settings Via Run

Windows Run is used to run different commands, shortcuts easily without opening different menus. We will open the Run Window with the WIN+R keyboard shortcut and then put the ms-settings: command to the run menu to execute.

WIN+R
ms-settings:
Open Settings Via Run

Open Settings Via MS-DOS Command Line

MS-DOS or cmd.exe provides an execution environment for different commands. We can use the ms-settings command in order to open the Settings window from the ms-dos command line.

start ms-settings:
Open Settings Via MS-DOS Command Line

Open Settings Via PowerShell Command Line

PowerShell is another command line terminal that can be used to open the Settings window. Powershell is very similar with MS-DOS to open the Settings window. We will type the command start ms-settings: like below.

Open Settings Via PowerShell Command Line

System Configuration

System Configuration is mainly used to configure Display, Sound, Notifications, Power, Storage, Remote Desktop etc.

System Configuration

Devices Configuration

Devices Configuration menu provides Bluetooth, Printer, scanner, mouse, typing, usb and auto play related settings.

Devices Configuration

Phone Configuration

Phone Configuration menu provides connecting Android and iPhone into the computer for getting notifications and accessing messages and files.

Phone Configuration

Network&Internet Configuration

Network&Internet Configuration menu is used for network status, Ethernet, dial-up,VPN, Data usage and Proxy settings.

Network&Internet Configuration

Personalization Settings

Personalization Setting windows are used to make some personalizations like configuring desktop background, colors, lock screen, themes, fonts, start menu, and taskbar.

Personalization Settings

Apps Configuration

Apps Configuration can be used to configure apps and their features, default apps, offline maps, apps for web site, video playback and startup configuration.

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Accounts Setting

Accounts Setting can be used to configure user information, email and app counts, signing options, family goup and sync configuration.

Time&Language Setting

Time&Language Setting is used to change and configure date, time information, region and language with the speech.

Time&Language Setting

Gaming Setting

Gaming Setting is used to configure game bar, game DVR, broadcasting, game mode, Trueplay and Xbox networking.

Gaming Setting

Ease Of Access Setting

Ease Of Access Setting is used to configure some accessability features for disabled peoples like display, cursor and pointer size, magnifier, color filters, high contrast, narrator, audio, closed captions, speed, keyboard, mouse and eye control.

Ease Of Access Setting

Cortana Setting

Cortana Setting can be used to change different settings or Cortona like permissions, history, multiple device usage etc.

Cortana Setting

Privacy Setting

Privacy Setting is used to control user privacy related settings like speech, activity history, location, camera, microphone, notifications, call history email, documents etc.

Update and Security Setting

Update and Security Setting is used to get updates and secure the operating system. Following actions can be take with the Update and Security Setting window.

  • Windows Update
  • Windows Security
  • Backup
  • Troubleshoot
  • Recovery
  • Activation
  • Find my device
  • Developer Settings
  • Windows Insider Program
Update and Security Setting

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