How to Open Quick Settings in Windows 11

Here's how you can open Quick Settings in Windows 11, a new flyout that allows changing essential operating system options with a single click. You can access either from the taskbar, touch screen, or with a keyboard shortcut.

Windows 11 Quick Settings Control Center

Quick Settings is a modern tool that allows the user to quickly adjust common operating system settings. It hosts options like Volume, Brightness, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Focus Assist. Besides the Quick Settings section, you will find media playback controls which appear when you play some music or video in Edge or other compatible app.


Let's see how to open this useful panel.

Open Quick Settings in Windows 11

  1. Press Win + A on the keyboard.
  2. Alternatively, click on the Quick Settings area in the taskbar. It is highlighted in the screenshot.
  3. Finally, tap the Quick Settings area if you have a touch screen device.

You are done.

If you are curious, the Quick Settings panel made its first appearance in Windows 10X, the now-dead project of the brand new generation of Windows for dual screen devices. Eventually, Microsoft cancelled Windows 10X and slowly moves its best idea to the main branch of Windows.

What you now know as Windows 11 is the Windows 10X shell running on top of Windows 10, with a bunch of visual improvements and refinements. New animations, new sounds, new icons - all these shiny things were planned for Windows 10X.

What is available in Quick Settings

Currently, the Quick Access flyout includes settings like

  • Wi-fi
  • Buletooth
  • Airplane mode
  • Battery saver
  • Focus assist
  • Accesibility
  • Volume slider
  • Brightness slider

You can customize the set of buttons, and also open the Settings app right from the flyout.

The idea of the Quick Access pane is to separate settings from notifications. As you may recall, Windows 10 had them both inside the Action Center. This no longer a thing for Windows 11.


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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

6 thoughts on “How to Open Quick Settings in Windows 11”

  1. A couple hours after installing the first preview build, the Quick settings and notifications center panels cannot be opened by no means -___-

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