Learn all the possible ways to open PC Settings in Windows 8

Windows 8 features a new, touch-friendly UI to change your operating systems settings via a special app called "PC Settings". Along with classic Control Panel which remains in the Desktop, the PC settings app allows you to change the most important parameters of your PC. You can manage your user accounts, devices, change your personalization preferences and network settings, and so on. Since Windows 8.1, many more settings from the classic Control Panel are available in PC Settings. In this article, we shall see all the ways to open the PC Settings app in Windows 8.

To open the PC Settings application, we can use any of the following methods.

Using Gestures
This method works both in Desktop mode and inside Modern apps/Start screen.

  1. Swipe from the right edge of the screen towards its center. The Charms will appear on the screen. Alternatively, you can move your mouse to the top or bottom right corner of the screen and swipe down or up respectively along the right edge.
  2. Click on the Settings gear icon. It will show the Settings Charm.
  3. Click the Change PC Settings link.

That's it.

Using Hotkeys on the keyboard
This method is very useful if you are using Windows 8 on a device with a physical keyboard.

    1. Press the Win + I shortcut keys together. It will bring the settings Charm directly to the screen.
    2. Click the "Change PC Settings" link.

Using the command line

This trick is based on our exclusive research about AppsFolder.
Press Win + R shortcut keys. When the Run dialog appears on the screen, type or copy-paste the following in the text box:

Explorer.exe shell:AppsFolder\Windows.ImmersiveControlPanel_cw5n1h2txyewy!microsoft.windows.immersivecontrolpanel

It will open PC Settings directly. This is the fastest way to access PC Settings in Windows 8. You can create a shortcut to this command and assign a global hotkey from its Properties to launch the PC Settings application quickly. See how to add global hotkeys to launch your favorite applications in Windows 8.1.

Via a shortcut pinned to the Taskbar

  1. Open the PC Settings app once using any method described above.
  2. Switch to the Desktop mode or make the Taskbar visible by a hotkey.
  3. Right click the PC Settings' taskbar button and click Pin this program to taskbar.

Using the Start screen or Apps View

Switch to the Start screen or Apps View and type: PC S and press Enter to launch it. Tip: see how to speed up search on the Start screen in Windows 8.1

Opening any page inside PC Settings directly

You can also create direct shortcuts to any page inside PC Settings. See our full range of articles which cover how to open the various pages in PC Settings directly.

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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.

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