Create Shortcut to Open Any Settings Page 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. You can use this ability to create a shortcut for any page of Settings. Here is how.


In our previous article, we covered the list of ms-settings commands for Windows 10. You can copy the desired command, press Win + R to open Run and paste the command to open it directly.

For example, use the following command to open the Colors settings page directly:


Run Ms Settings Colors Windows 10

Windows 10 Colors Page

Let's see how to use this information to create a shortcut for the desired page. In the general case, you need to combine the appropriate ms-settings command with the "explorer.exe" portion. Explorer.exe is the name of File Explorer executable file.

To create a shortcut to open any Settings page in Windows 10, do the following.

Right click the empty space on your Desktop. Select New - Shortcut in the context menu (see the screenshot).

In the shortcut target box, type or copy-paste the following:

explorer.exe ms-settings:the name of the page

Type the title of the page for the shortcut name. Actually, you can use any name you want. Any Name Shortcut Windows 10Click on the Finish button when done.

Here is a list of ready-to-use commands for quick reference.

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)

Settings home pageexplorer.exe ms-settings:
Displayexplorer.exe ms-settings:display
Notifications & actionsexplorer.exe ms-settings:notifications
Power & sleepexplorer.exe ms-settings:powersleep
Batteryexplorer.exe ms-settings:batterysaver
Battery usage by app
explorer.exe ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
Storageexplorer.exe ms-settings:storagesense
Tablet modeexplorer.exe ms-settings:tabletmode
Multitaskingexplorer.exe ms-settings:multitasking
Projecting to this PCexplorer.exe ms-settings:project
Shared experiencesexplorer.exe ms-settings:crossdevice
Aboutexplorer.exe ms-settings:about
Bluetooth & other devicesexplorer.exe ms-settings:bluetooth
Printers & scannersexplorer.exe ms-settings:printers
Mouseexplorer.exe ms-settings:mousetouchpad
Touchpadexplorer.exe ms-settings:devices-touchpad
Typingexplorer.exe ms-settings:typing
Pen & Windows Inkexplorer.exe ms-settings:pen
AutoPlayexplorer.exe ms-settings:autoplay
USBexplorer.exe ms-settings:usb
Network & Internet
Statusexplorer.exe ms-settings:network-status
Cellular & SIMexplorer.exe ms-settings:network-cellular
Wi-Fiexplorer.exe ms-settings:network-wifi
Manage known networks
explorer.exe ms-settings:network-wifisettings
Ethernetexplorer.exe ms-settings:network-ethernet
Dial-upexplorer.exe ms-settings:network-dialup
VPNexplorer.exe ms-settings:network-vpn
Airplane modeexplorer.exe ms-settings:network-airplanemode
Mobile hotspotexplorer.exe ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
Data usageexplorer.exe ms-settings:datausage
Proxyexplorer.exe ms-settings:network-proxy
Backgroundexplorer.exe ms-settings:personalization-background
Colorsexplorer.exe ms-settings:colors
Lock screenexplorer.exe ms-settings:lockscreen
Themesexplorer.exe ms-settings:themes
Startexplorer.exe ms-settings:personalization-start
Taskbarexplorer.exe ms-settings:taskbar
Apps & featuresexplorer.exe ms-settings:appsfeatures
Manage optional features
explorer.exe ms-settings:optionalfeatures
Default appsexplorer.exe ms-settings:defaultapps
Offline mapsexplorer.exe ms-settings:maps
Apps for websitesexplorer.exe ms-settings:appsforwebsites
Your infoexplorer.exe ms-settings:yourinfo
Email & app accountsexplorer.exe ms-settings:emailandaccounts
optionsexplorer.exe ms-settings:signinoptions
Access work or schoolexplorer.exe ms-settings:workplace
Family & other peopleexplorer.exe ms-settings:otherusers
Sync your settingsexplorer.exe ms-settings:sync
Time & language
Date & timeexplorer.exe ms-settings:dateandtime
Region & languageexplorer.exe ms-settings:regionlanguage
Speechexplorer.exe ms-settings:speech
Game barexplorer.exe ms-settings:gaming-gamebar
Game DVRexplorer.exe ms-settings:gaming-gamedvr
Broadcastingexplorer.exe ms-settings:gaming-broadcasting
Game Modeexplorer.exe ms-settings:gaming-gamemode
Ease of Access
Narratorexplorer.exe ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Magnifierexplorer.exe ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
High contrastexplorer.exe ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Closed captionsexplorer.exe ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
Keyboardexplorer.exe ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Mouseexplorer.exe ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Other optionsexplorer.exe ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
Generalexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy
Locationexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-location
Cameraexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-webcam
Microphoneexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-microphone
Notificationsexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-notifications
Speech, inking, & typingexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Account infoexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Contactsexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-contacts
Calendarexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-calendar
Call historyexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-callhistory
Emailexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-email
Tasksexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-tasks
Messagingexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-messaging
Radiosexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-radios
Other devicesexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Feedback & diagnosticsexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-feedback
Background appsexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-backgroundapps
App diagnosticsexplorer.exe ms-settings:privacy-appdiagnostics
Update & security
Windows Updateexplorer.exe ms-settings:windowsupdate
Check for updates
explorer.exe ms-settings:windowsupdate-action
Update history
explorer.exe ms-settings:windowsupdate-history
Restart options
explorer.exe ms-settings:windowsupdate-restartoptions
Advanced options
explorer.exe ms-settings:windowsupdate-options
Windows Defenderexplorer.exe ms-settings:windowsdefender
Backupexplorer.exe ms-settings:backup
Troubleshootexplorer.exe ms-settings:troubleshoot
Recoveryexplorer.exe ms-settings:recovery
Activationexplorer.exe ms-settings:activation
Find My Deviceexplorer.exe ms-settings:findmydevice
For developersexplorer.exe ms-settings:developers
Windows Insider Programexplorer.exe ms-settings:windowsinsider
Mixed reality
Mixed realityexplorer.exe ms-settings:holographic
Audio and speechexplorer.exe ms-settings:holographic-audio
Headset display

Note: Some of the pages have no URI and cannot be opened using ms-settings commands.

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