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How to open various Settings pages directly in Windows 10

The Settings app in Windows 10 replaces the classic Control Panel. It consists of many pages and inherits a lot of classic settings. Almost every Settings page has its own URI, which stands for Uniform Resource Identifier. This allows you to open any Settings page directly with a special command. In this article, I would like to share the list of Settings pages URIs (ms-settings) available in Windows 10.

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I've prepared the updated list of ms-settings commands which I keep up-to-date. I recommend you to refer to it for newer Windows 10 versions. Check it out:

ms-settings Commands in Windows 10 (Settings Page URI Shortcuts)

To launch the desired page of the Settings app directly, you need to do the following:

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog.
  2. Type or copy-paste the appropriate command into the Run box. The list of commands is available below. For example, use the following command to open the Colors settings page directly:
    ms-settings:colors

    windows 10 ms-settings runThis will open the Colors settings page directly:

    windows 10 ms-settings run directly

ms-settings: is a special protocol which can be used to open Settings pages and other Modern apps which have well known URIs. Here is the list of URIs for pages of the Settings app.

Settings app page command
Battery Saverms-settings:batterysaver
Battery Saver Settingsms-settings:batterysaver-settings
Battery usems-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
Bluetoothms-settings:bluetooth
Colorsms-settings:colors
Data Usagems-settings:datausage
Date and Timems-settings:dateandtime
Closed Captioningms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
High Contrastms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Magnifierms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
Narratorms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Keyboardms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Mousems-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Other Options (Ease of Access)ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
Lockscreenms-settings:lockscreen
Offline mapsms-settings:maps
Airplane modems-settings:network-airplanemode
Proxyms-settings:network-proxy
VPNms-settings:network-vpn
Notifications & actionsms-settings:notifications
Account infoms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Calendarms-settings:privacy-calendar
Contactsms-settings:privacy-contacts
Other Devicesms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Feedbackms-settings:privacy-feedback
Locationms-settings:privacy-location
Messagingms-settings:privacy-messaging
Microphonems-settings:privacy-microphone
Motionms-settings:privacy-motion
Radiosms-settings:privacy-radios
Speech, inking, & typingms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Camerams-settings:privacy-webcam
Region & languagems-settings:regionlanguage
Speechms-settings:speech
Windows Updatems-settings:windowsupdate
Work accessms-settings:workplace
Connected devicesms-settings:connecteddevices
For developersms-settings:developers
Displayms-settings:display
Mouse & touchpadms-settings:mousetouchpad
Cellularms-settings:network-cellular
Dial-upms-settings:network-dialup
DirectAccessms-settings:network-directaccess
Ethernetms-settings:network-ethernet
Mobile hotspotms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
Wi-Fims-settings:network-wifi
Manage Wi-Fi Settingsms-settings:network-wifisettings
Optional featuresms-settings:optionalfeatures
Family & other usersms-settings:otherusers
Personalizationms-settings:personalization
Backgroundsms-settings:personalization-background
Colorsms-settings:personalization-colors
Startms-settings:personalization-start
Power & sleepms-settings:powersleep
Proximityms-settings:proximity
Displayms-settings:screenrotation
Sign-in optionsms-settings:signinoptions
Storage Sensems-settings:storagesense
Themesms-settings:themes
Typingms-settings:typing
Tablet modems-settings:tabletmode
Privacyms-settings:privacy

There is no ms-settings: URI for Windows Defender settings which is really strange, since in Windows 10, they are also a part of the Settings app.

If these change in the future, this page will be updated. Many thanks to @tfwboredom for sharing this info exclusively for Winaero.

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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.

31 thoughts on “How to open various Settings pages directly in Windows 10”

  1. Is it possible to type these commands in the “Search the web and Windows” bar as well? Seems kinda oldschool, having to use the old “Run” command to launch these things.

    1. typing only the setting name will take you to the proper command within settings. i’ve been able to do this on my WP now that it is running W10.TP; I’ve had to manually search items that were not showing up.

  2. Is it possible to find the URI/address for the old Display Settings? I can’t activate my other displays in the new Display Settings in W10, so I’d like replace the new one with the old one in the Desktop right click menu.

  3. All Settings are called via:
    ms-settings:all

    Funny enough it’s apparently not possible to create a working shortcut from
    C:\Windows\ImmersiveControlPanel\SystemSettings.exe -ServerName:microsoft.windows.immersivecontrolpanel
    even though this is shown in the task manager when the »All Settings« page is opened.

  4. Very useful article really helpful for the people like me who is around 60 and learning daily by adopting new technology,
    One more thing I like to know that after upgrading to Window 10 some time I loss the WiFi connection and can not able to connect my network or not finding users name it always says Network adapter Net Link ( TM) driver or hardware need update but after restarting the system for 2/3 time automatically I get connected but its very time consuming and frustrating process if any one can guide me in this regard how to overcome with this problem is highly appreciating,
    Thanking you in advance
    Mayoor Desai

  5. Is this possible for ‘create restore point’? I’m trying to create a shortcut for this..??
    thanks, helpful article!!

  6. You can create traditional Windows shortcuts that invoke the above settings panels by using the following for the Target field of the shortcut:

    “C:\Windows\Explorer.exe” ms-settings:xxx

    Where xxx is one of the settings names listed above. Example:
    “C:\Windows\\Explorer.exe” ms-settings:colors
    will bring up the Color settings screen.

  7. I have one for you, im looking for the command to pop-up the audio controls.
    Audio/sound or sounds isn’t the proper handle

    1. ms-settings:sound
      get you directly to the sound dialogue. Now I would like to know what is the right handle for “other sound options”

      cheers

      Jim

  8. Any way to block access to those specific settings? Like say ms-settings:windowsupdate? I don’t want users poking around in there…

  9. Thanks you for good article.
    But I cannot found the following commands. I’d like to ask you to add some information.
    (Windows 10 TH2, Redstone)
    SYSTEM:
    Apps & features
    Multitasking
    Default apps
    DEVICES:
    AutoPlay
    USB
    PRIVACY:
    Background apps
    UPDATE & SECURITY:
    Windows Defender
    Backup
    Recovery
    Activation
    Find My Device

    Thank you.

  10. Hi
    dear any way to add shortcut of Mobile hotspot in quick action center like WiFi (on – off ) , I’m trying but still I can’t add

  11. Is there a uri command to toggle the options as well directly.
    For example, i want to start the hotspot as well directly without opening the window first and then starting.

  12. Personally i dont like the new ms-settings:
    I prefer to use the GodMode ‘folder’
    Everything is there

    Settings.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

  13. Link to Windows Defender
    Win 10 Home, v1703 (no Creators yet)
    Search “defender” from Win Taskbar -> Right-click on “Windows Defender Security Suite”
    -> “Pin to Start” or “Pin to Taskbar”
    will at least give you a shortcut from the Win 10 Start tiles or taskbar, respectively.
    Unfortunately there is no direct link per above method (yet?).

  14. so my settings app on my acer nitro 5 isnt working it tells me to reset to default app settings and I don’t know how to do it

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