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

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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.

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.
  3. This will open the Colors settings page directly.

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:

"MUIVerb"="Windows Update"


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:
  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.
  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

Page Command (URI)
Settings home page
Settings home page ms-settings:
Display ms-settings:display
Night light settings ms-settings:nightlight
Advanced scaling settings ms-settings:display-advanced
Connect to a wireless display ms-settings-connectabledevices:devicediscovery
Graphics settings ms-settings:display-advancedgraphics
Display orientation ms-settings:screenrotation
Sound (build 17063+) ms-settings:sound
Manage sound devices ms-settings:sound-devices
App volume and device preferences ms-settings:apps-volume
Notifications & actions ms-settings:notifications
Focus assist (build 17074+) ms-settings:quiethours, OR ms-settings:quietmomentshome
During these hours ms-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 & sleep ms-settings:powersleep
Battery ms-settings:batterysaver
See which apps are affecting your battery life ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
Battery Saver settings ms-settings:batterysaver-settings
Storage ms-settings:storagesense
Configure Storage Sense or run it now ms-settings:storagepolicies
Change where new content is saved ms-settings:savelocations
Tablet mode ms-settings:tabletmode
Multitasking ms-settings:multitasking
Projecting to this PC ms-settings:project
Shared experiences ms-settings:crossdevice
Clipboard (build 17666+) ms-settings:clipboard
Remote Desktop ms-settings:remotedesktop
Device Encryption (where available) ms-settings:deviceencryption
About ms-settings:about
Bluetooth & other devices ms-settings:bluetooth, OR ms-settings:connecteddevices
Printers & scanners ms-settings:printers
Mouse ms-settings:mousetouchpad
Touchpad ms-settings:devices-touchpad
Typing ms-settings:typing
Hardware keyboard - Text suggestions ms-settings:devicestyping-hwkbtextsuggestions
Wheel (where available) ms-settings:wheel
Pen & Windows Ink ms-settings:pen
AutoPlay ms-settings:autoplay
USB ms-settings:usb
Phone (build 16251+) ms-settings:mobile-devices
Add a phone ms-settings:mobile-devices-addphone
Your Phone (opens app) ms-settings:mobile-devices-addphone-direct
Network & Internet
Network & Internet ms-settings:network
Status ms-settings:network-status
Show available networks ms-availablenetworks:
Cellular & SIM ms-settings:network-cellular
Wi-Fi ms-settings:network-wifi
Show available networks ms-availablenetworks:
Manage known networks ms-settings:network-wifisettings
Wi-Fi Calling ms-settings:network-wificalling
Ethernet ms-settings:network-ethernet
Dial-up ms-settings:network-dialup
DirectAccess (where available) ms-settings:network-directaccess
VPN ms-settings:network-vpn
Airplane mode ms-settings:network-airplanemode, OR ms-settings:proximity
Mobile hotspot ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
NFC ms-settings:nfctransactions
Data usage ms-settings:datausage
Proxy ms-settings:network-proxy
Personalization ms-settings:personalization
Background ms-settings:personalization-background
Colors ms-settings:personalization-colors, OR ms-settings:colors
Lock screen ms-settings:lockscreen
Themes ms-settings:themes
Fonts (build 17083+) ms-settings:fonts
Start ms-settings:personalization-start
Choose which folders appear on Start ms-settings:personalization-start-places
Taskbar ms-settings:taskbar
Apps & features ms-settings:appsfeatures OR ms-settings:appsfeatures-app
Manage optional features ms-settings:optionalfeatures
Default apps ms-settings:defaultapps
Offline maps ms-settings:maps
Download maps ms-settings:maps-downloadmaps
Apps for websites ms-settings:appsforwebsites
Video playback (build 16215+) ms-settings:videoplayback
Startup (build 17017+) ms-settings:startupapps
Your info ms-settings:yourinfo
Email & accounts ms-settings:emailandaccounts
options ms-settings:signinoptions
Windows Hello face setup ms-settings:signinoptions-launchfaceenrollment
Windows Hello fingerprint setup ms-settings:signinoptions-launchfingerprintenrollment
Security Key setup ms-settings:signinoptions-launchsecuritykeyenrollment
Dynamic Lock ms-settings:signinoptions-dynamiclock
Access work or school ms-settings:workplace
Family & other people ms-settings:otherusers OR ms-settings:family-group
Set up a kiosk ms-settings:assignedaccess
Sync your settings ms-settings:sync
Time & language
Date & time ms-settings:dateandtime
Region ms-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
Language ms-settings:regionlanguage OR ms-settings:regionlanguage-languageoptions
Windows Display language ms-settings:regionlanguage-setdisplaylanguage
Add Display language ms-settings:regionlanguage-adddisplaylanguage
Keyboard (removed in build 17083+) ms-settings:keyboard
Speech ms-settings:speech
Game bar ms-settings:gaming-gamebar
Captures ms-settings:gaming-gamedvr
Broadcasting ms-settings:gaming-broadcasting
Game Mode ms-settings:gaming-gamemode
TruePlay (removed in version 1809+) ms-settings:gaming-trueplay
Xbox Networking (build 16226+) ms-settings:gaming-xboxnetworking
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 Cursor ms-settings:easeofaccess-cursor
Magnifier ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
Color Filters (build 17025+) ms-settings:easeofaccess-colorfilter
Adaptive Color Filters Link ms-settings:easeofaccess-colorfilter-adaptivecolorlink
Night Light Link ms-settings:easeofaccess-colorfilter-bluelightlink
High Contrast ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Narrator ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Start Narratorafter sign-in for me ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator-isautostartenabled
Audio (build 17035+) ms-settings:easeofaccess-audio
Closed captions ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
Speech (build 17035+) ms-settings:easeofaccess-speechrecognition
Keyboard ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Mouse ms-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 & history ms-settings:search-permissions
Searching Windows ms-settings:cortana-windowssearch
More details ms-settings:search-moredetails
Cortana (build 16188+)
Cortana ms-settings:cortana
Talk to Cortana ms-settings:cortana-talktocortana
Permissions ms-settings:cortana-permissions
More details ms-settings:cortana-moredetails
General ms-settings:privacy
Speech ms-settings:privacy-speech
Inking & typing personalization ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Diagnostics & feedback ms-settings:privacy-feedback
View Diagnostic Data ms-settings:privacy-feedback-telemetryviewergroup
Activity history (build 17040+) ms-settings:privacy-activityhistory
Location ms-settings:privacy-location
Camera ms-settings:privacy-webcam
Microphone ms-settings:privacy-microphone
Voice activation ms-settings:privacy-voiceactivation
Notifications ms-settings:privacy-notifications
Account info ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Contacts ms-settings:privacy-contacts
Calendar ms-settings:privacy-calendar
Phone calls (removed in version 1809+) ms-settings:privacy-phonecalls
Call history ms-settings:privacy-callhistory
Email ms-settings:privacy-email
Eye tracker (requires eyetracker hardware) ms-settings:privacy-eyetracker
Tasks ms-settings:privacy-tasks
Messaging ms-settings:privacy-messaging
Radios ms-settings:privacy-radios
Other devices ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Background apps ms-settings:privacy-backgroundapps
App diagnostics ms-settings:privacy-appdiagnostics
Automatic file downloads ms-settings:privacy-automaticfiledownloads
Documents ms-settings:privacy-documents
Pictures ms-settings:privacy-pictures
Videos ms-settings:privacy-documents
File system ms-settings:privacy-broadfilesystemaccess
Update & security
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate
Check for updates ms-settings:windowsupdate-action
View update history ms-settings:windowsupdate-history
Restart options ms-settings:windowsupdate-restartoptions
Advanced options ms-settings:windowsupdate-options
Change active hours ms-settings:windowsupdate-activehours
Optional updates ms-settings:windowsupdate-optionalupdates OR ms-settings:windowsupdate-seekerondemand
Delivery Optimization ms-settings:delivery-optimization
Windows Security / Windows Defender ms-settings:windowsdefender
Open Windows Security windowsdefender:
Backup ms-settings:backup
Troubleshoot ms-settings:troubleshoot
Recovery ms-settings:recovery
Activation ms-settings:activation
Find My Device ms-settings:findmydevice
For developers ms-settings:developers
Windows Insider Program ms-settings:windowsinsider, OR ms-settings:windowsinsider-optin
Mixed reality
Mixed reality ms-settings:holographic
Audio and speech ms-settings:holographic-audio
Environment ms-settings:privacy-holographic-environment
Headset display ms-settings:holographic-headset
Uninstall ms-settings:holographic-management
Surface Hub
Accounts ms-settings:surfacehub-accounts
Team Conferencing ms-settings:surfacehub-calling
Team device management ms-settings:surfacehub-devicemanagenent
Session cleanup ms-settings:surfacehub-sessioncleanup
Welcome screen ms-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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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

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