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

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

You can use these commands to directly open any Settings page in Windows 10. Also, you can create shortcuts for any page of Settings. 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. Here is the most comprehensive list of such commands.

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Windows 10 Settings App

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 (URI). It starts with the 'ms-settings' prefix (protocol).

As you may remember, previously I covered the ms-settings commands available in Windows 10 in a few posts, separately for each of Windows 10 versions. Today I would like to actualize the list of the commands, and summarize the info into one post. I also will maintain the list and keep it actual as long as it possible, so that you can use it to open various pages of the Settings app directly. Bookmark this page if you rely on ms-settings: commands.

How to use ms-settings commands in Windows 10

Open any page directly

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog.
  2. Type or copy-paste an ms-settings command from the table, for example, to open Personalization >Colors, type ms-settings:colors.windows 10 ms-settings run
  3. This will open the Colors settings page directly.Windows 10 Settings Colors Page

Also, you can add Settings commands to the context menu.

Add Settings to the context menu

I have discovered that it is possible to use the ms-settings URIs in context menu items. The following article demonstrates this trick in action:

Add Windows Update Context Menu In Windows 10

In short, see the following example:

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate]
"MUIVerb"="Windows Update"
"Icon"="%SystemRoot%\\System32\\bootux.dll,-1032"
"SettingsURI"="ms-settings:windowsupdate"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\command]
"DelegateExecute"="{556FF0D6-A1EE-49E5-9FA4-90AE116AD744}"

You can specify the SettingsURI string value under the context menu identifier and set it to the desired ms-settings command. A special object, {556FF0D6-A1EE-49E5-9FA4-90AE116AD744}, called from the command subkey performs the operation. So, the pages of the Settings app will be opened natively. For more details, check out Add Settings Context Menu In Windows 10.

Finally, you can use ms-settings commands to create a desktop shortcut for a Settings page.

Use ms-settings commands to create a desktop shortcut for a Settings page

  1. Right click the empty space on your Desktop and select New -> Shortcut:
    Windows 10 desktop new shortcut
  2. In the location of the item, enter the following: explorer ms-settings:windowsupdate-action. Replace the ms-settings command with any other command you want to create a shortcut for.Check for updates shortcut target
  3. A nice tutorial can be found here: Create a Check for updates shortcut in Windows 10.

As you can see, the commands are very useful. Here's the list of the commands.

The list of ms-settings commands in Windows 10

PageCommand (URI)
Settings home page
Settings home pagems-settings:
System
Displayms-settings:display
Night light settingsms-settings:nightlight
Advanced scaling settingsms-settings:display-advanced
Connect to a wireless displayms-settings-connectabledevices:devicediscovery
Graphics settingsms-settings:display-advancedgraphics
Display orientationms-settings:screenrotation
Sound (build 17063+)ms-settings:sound
Manage sound devicesms-settings:sound-devices
App volume and device preferencesms-settings:apps-volume
Notifications & actionsms-settings:notifications
Focus assist (build 17074+)ms-settings:quiethours, OR ms-settings:quietmomentshome
During these hoursms-settings:quietmomentsscheduled
Duplicating my display (When I'm duplicating my display)ms-settings:quietmomentspresentation
Playing a game full screen (When I'm playing a game)ms-settings:quietmomentsgame
Power & sleepms-settings:powersleep
Batteryms-settings:batterysaver
See which apps are affecting your battery lifems-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
Battery Saver settingsms-settings:batterysaver-settings
Storagems-settings:storagesense
Configure Storage Sense or run it nowms-settings:storagepolicies
Change where new content is savedms-settings:savelocations
Tablet modems-settings:tabletmode
Multitaskingms-settings:multitasking
Projecting to this PCms-settings:project
Shared experiencesms-settings:crossdevice
Clipboard (build 17666+)ms-settings:clipboard
Remote Desktopms-settings:remotedesktop
Device Encryption (where available)ms-settings:deviceencryption
Aboutms-settings:about
Devices
Bluetooth & other devicesms-settings:bluetooth, OR ms-settings:connecteddevices
Printers & scannersms-settings:printers
Mousems-settings:mousetouchpad
Touchpadms-settings:devices-touchpad
Typingms-settings:typing
Hardware keyboard - Text suggestionsms-settings:devicestyping-hwkbtextsuggestions
Wheel (where available)ms-settings:wheel
Pen & Windows Inkms-settings:pen
AutoPlayms-settings:autoplay
USBms-settings:usb
Phone
Phone (build 16251+)ms-settings:mobile-devices
Add a phonems-settings:mobile-devices-addphone
Your Phone (opens app)ms-settings:mobile-devices-addphone-direct
Network & Internet
Network & Internetms-settings:network
Statusms-settings:network-status
Show available networksms-availablenetworks:
Cellular & SIMms-settings:network-cellular
Wi-Fims-settings:network-wifi
Show available networksms-availablenetworks:
Manage known networksms-settings:network-wifisettings
Wi-Fi Callingms-settings:network-wificalling
Ethernetms-settings:network-ethernet
Dial-upms-settings:network-dialup
DirectAccess (where available)ms-settings:network-directaccess
VPNms-settings:network-vpn
Airplane modems-settings:network-airplanemode, OR ms-settings:proximity
Mobile hotspotms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
NFCms-settings:nfctransactions
Data usagems-settings:datausage
Proxyms-settings:network-proxy
Personalization
Personalizationms-settings:personalization
Backgroundms-settings:personalization-background
Colorsms-settings:personalization-colors, OR ms-settings:colors
Lock screenms-settings:lockscreen
Themesms-settings:themes
Fonts (build 17083+)ms-settings:fonts
Startms-settings:personalization-start
Choose which folders appear on Startms-settings:personalization-start-places
Taskbarms-settings:taskbar
Apps
Apps & featuresms-settings:appsfeatures OR ms-settings:appsfeatures-app
Manage optional featuresms-settings:optionalfeatures
Default appsms-settings:defaultapps
Offline mapsms-settings:maps
Download mapsms-settings:maps-downloadmaps
Apps for websitesms-settings:appsforwebsites
Video playback (build 16215+)ms-settings:videoplayback
Startup (build 17017+)ms-settings:startupapps
Accounts
Your infoms-settings:yourinfo
Email & accountsms-settings:emailandaccounts
Sign-in optionsms-settings:signinoptions
Windows Hello face setupms-settings:signinoptions-launchfaceenrollment
Windows Hello fingerprint setupms-settings:signinoptions-launchfingerprintenrollment
Security Key setupms-settings:signinoptions-launchsecuritykeyenrollment
Dynamic Lockms-settings:signinoptions-dynamiclock
Access work or schoolms-settings:workplace
Family & other peoplems-settings:otherusers OR ms-settings:family-group
Set up a kioskms-settings:assignedaccess
Sync your settingsms-settings:sync
Time & language
Date & timems-settings:dateandtime
Regionms-settings:regionformatting
Japan IME settings (where available)ms-settings:regionlanguage-jpnime
Pinyin IME settings (where available)ms-settings:regionlanguage-chsime-pinyin
Wubi IME settings (where available)ms-settings:regionlanguage-chsime-wubi
Korea IME settings (where available)ms-settings:regionlanguage-korime
Languagems-settings:regionlanguage OR ms-settings:regionlanguage-languageoptions
Windows Display languagems-settings:regionlanguage-setdisplaylanguage
Add Display languagems-settings:regionlanguage-adddisplaylanguage
Keyboard (removed in build 17083+)ms-settings:keyboard
Speechms-settings:speech
Gaming
Game barms-settings:gaming-gamebar
Capturesms-settings:gaming-gamedvr
Broadcastingms-settings:gaming-broadcasting
Game Modems-settings:gaming-gamemode
TruePlay (removed in version 1809+)ms-settings:gaming-trueplay
Xbox Networking (build 16226+)ms-settings:gaming-xboxnetworking
Extras
Extras (available when Settings app extensions installed)ms-settings:extras
Ease of Access
Display (build 17025+)ms-settings:easeofaccess-display
Mouse Pointer (Cursor & pointer, build 17040+)ms-settings:easeofaccess-cursorandpointersize OR ms-settings:easeofaccess-MousePointer
Text Cursorms-settings:easeofaccess-cursor
Magnifierms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
Color Filters (build 17025+)ms-settings:easeofaccess-colorfilter
Adaptive Color Filters Linkms-settings:easeofaccess-colorfilter-adaptivecolorlink
Night Light Linkms-settings:easeofaccess-colorfilter-bluelightlink
High Contrastms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Narratorms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Start Narratorafter sign-in for mems-settings:easeofaccess-narrator-isautostartenabled
Audio (build 17035+)ms-settings:easeofaccess-audio
Closed captionsms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
Speech (build 17035+)ms-settings:easeofaccess-speechrecognition
Keyboardms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Mousems-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Eye Control (build 17035+)ms-settings:easeofaccess-eyecontrol
Other options (removed in version 1809+)ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
Search (version 1903+)
Permissions & historyms-settings:search-permissions
Searching Windowsms-settings:cortana-windowssearch
More detailsms-settings:search-moredetails
Cortana (build 16188+)
Cortanams-settings:cortana
Talk to Cortanams-settings:cortana-talktocortana
Permissionsms-settings:cortana-permissions
More detailsms-settings:cortana-moredetails
Privacy
Generalms-settings:privacy
Speechms-settings:privacy-speech
Inking & typing personalizationms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Diagnostics & feedbackms-settings:privacy-feedback
View Diagnostic Datams-settings:privacy-feedback-telemetryviewergroup
Activity history (build 17040+)ms-settings:privacy-activityhistory
Locationms-settings:privacy-location
Camerams-settings:privacy-webcam
Microphonems-settings:privacy-microphone
Voice activationms-settings:privacy-voiceactivation
Notificationsms-settings:privacy-notifications
Account infoms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Contactsms-settings:privacy-contacts
Calendarms-settings:privacy-calendar
Phone calls (removed in version 1809+)ms-settings:privacy-phonecalls
Call historyms-settings:privacy-callhistory
Emailms-settings:privacy-email
Eye tracker (requires eyetracker hardware)ms-settings:privacy-eyetracker
Tasksms-settings:privacy-tasks
Messagingms-settings:privacy-messaging
Radiosms-settings:privacy-radios
Other devicesms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Background appsms-settings:privacy-backgroundapps
App diagnosticsms-settings:privacy-appdiagnostics
Automatic file downloadsms-settings:privacy-automaticfiledownloads
Documentsms-settings:privacy-documents
Picturesms-settings:privacy-pictures
Videosms-settings:privacy-documents
File systemms-settings:privacy-broadfilesystemaccess
Update & security
Windows Updatems-settings:windowsupdate
Check for updatesms-settings:windowsupdate-action
View update historyms-settings:windowsupdate-history
Restart optionsms-settings:windowsupdate-restartoptions
Advanced optionsms-settings:windowsupdate-options
Change active hoursms-settings:windowsupdate-activehours
Optional updatesms-settings:windowsupdate-optionalupdates OR ms-settings:windowsupdate-seekerondemand
Delivery Optimizationms-settings:delivery-optimization
Windows Security / Windows Defenderms-settings:windowsdefender
Open Windows Securitywindowsdefender:
Backupms-settings:backup
Troubleshootms-settings:troubleshoot
Recoveryms-settings:recovery
Activationms-settings:activation
Find My Devicems-settings:findmydevice
For developersms-settings:developers
Windows Insider Programms-settings:windowsinsider, OR ms-settings:windowsinsider-optin
Mixed reality
Mixed realityms-settings:holographic
Audio and speechms-settings:holographic-audio
Environmentms-settings:privacy-holographic-environment
Headset displayms-settings:holographic-headset
Uninstallms-settings:holographic-management
Surface Hub
Accountsms-settings:surfacehub-accounts
Team Conferencingms-settings:surfacehub-calling
Team device managementms-settings:surfacehub-devicemanagenent
Session cleanupms-settings:surfacehub-sessioncleanup
Welcome screenms-settings:surfacehub-welcome

Note: Some of the pages have no URI and cannot be opened using ms-settings commands. Some pages require special hardware to be installed in your device and won't be visible without it.

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