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.

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:

    This will open the Colors settings page 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 Saver ms-settings:batterysaver
Battery Saver Settings ms-settings:batterysaver-settings
Battery use ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
Bluetooth ms-settings:bluetooth
Colors ms-settings:colors
Data Usage ms-settings:datausage
Date and Time ms-settings:dateandtime
Closed Captioning ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
High Contrast ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Magnifier ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
Narrator ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Keyboard ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Mouse ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Other Options (Ease of Access) ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
Lockscreen ms-settings:lockscreen
Offline maps ms-settings:maps
Airplane mode ms-settings:network-airplanemode
Proxy ms-settings:network-proxy
VPN ms-settings:network-vpn
Notifications & actions ms-settings:notifications
Account info ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Calendar ms-settings:privacy-calendar
Contacts ms-settings:privacy-contacts
Other Devices ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Feedback ms-settings:privacy-feedback
Location ms-settings:privacy-location
Messaging ms-settings:privacy-messaging
Microphone ms-settings:privacy-microphone
Motion ms-settings:privacy-motion
Radios ms-settings:privacy-radios
Speech, inking, & typing ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Camera ms-settings:privacy-webcam
Region & language ms-settings:regionlanguage
Speech ms-settings:speech
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate
Work access ms-settings:workplace
Connected devices ms-settings:connecteddevices
For developers ms-settings:developers
Display ms-settings:display
Mouse & touchpad ms-settings:mousetouchpad
Cellular ms-settings:network-cellular
Dial-up ms-settings:network-dialup
DirectAccess ms-settings:network-directaccess
Ethernet ms-settings:network-ethernet
Mobile hotspot ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
Wi-Fi ms-settings:network-wifi
Manage Wi-Fi Settings ms-settings:network-wifisettings
Optional features ms-settings:optionalfeatures
Family & other users ms-settings:otherusers
Personalization ms-settings:personalization
Backgrounds ms-settings:personalization-background
Colors ms-settings:personalization-colors
Start ms-settings:personalization-start
Power & sleep ms-settings:powersleep
Proximity ms-settings:proximity
Display ms-settings:screenrotation
options ms-settings:signinoptions
Storage Sense ms-settings:storagesense
Themes ms-settings:themes
Typing ms-settings:typing
Tablet mode ms-settings:tabletmode
Privacy ms-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

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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. I have tried and it does not work for me. Try yourself, maybe it is a bug in my build.

    2. 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:

    Funny enough it’s apparently not possible to create a working shortcut from
    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”



  8. Hi,
    I have enabled again windows defender by just clicking on the notifications in the right part of the screen!

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

  10. 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)
    Apps & features
    Default apps
    Background apps
    Windows Defender
    Find My Device

    Thank you.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

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


  14. 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?).

  15. 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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