Windows 11 ms-settings Commands (Settings URI Shortcuts)

Windows 10 Settings Gear Icon Colorful 256 Big

This post will provide you the list of Windows 11 ms-settings commands. Using them, you can create a shortcut to any page of the Settings app or open it idirectly. Almost all pages of Settings can be opened directly with an ms-settings command.

The Settings app in Windows 11 has received a major redesign. It features colorful category icons on the left, and lost its "home page". The latter change simplifies navigation, as you find see at a glance which options are available under the each category.

Also, the right area shows options with a border, making it easier to find and differentiate them. The new Windows 11 Settings app is a huge step forward from what we had in Windows 10.

Almost every Settings page has its own Uniform Resource Identifier, or URI. Each command begins with the 'ms-settings' prefix (protocol) followed by the page name. For example, the command ms-settings:display opens the Settings app will open directly to the System > Display page.

How to use the ms-settings commands in Windows 11

The commands allow you to open any Settings page directly by entering a URI into the Run dialog (Win + R), Command Prompt, etc. You can also use this ability to create a shortcut for any page of Settings.

Directly open any page

  1. Press the Win + R shortcut keys on your keyboard to open the Run dialog.
  2. Type or copy-paste an ms-setting command, for example ms-settings:colors, into the Run box using the table below, and hit Enter.
  3. Windows 11 will open the Settings app directly to that page. In our example it will be Personalization > Colors.

So, if you know Windows 11 ms-settings commands, you can save a lot of time. Similarly, you can create a shortcut to any Settings page.

How to Create Settings Page Shortcut with an ms-settings command

  1. Right-click the Desktop background and select New item > Shortcut from the menu.
  2. Find the ms-settings command from the table below that opens the Settings page of your choice.
  3. Specify explorer.exe <ms-settings command> as for the location of the item text box. For example, explorer.exe ms-settings:colors.
  4. Finally, give your shortcut a meaningful name and change its icon.

You are done! This way, you can create a Settings page shortcut in Windows 11 to any page of Settings that comes with an ms-settings command.

Using Winaero Tweaker

You can save a lot of your time by using the Winaero Tweaker app. It allows you to select specific Settings pages, and create shortcuts for them with one click!

It also allows you to hide any of the Settings page, again with a couple of clicks.

⬇️Get Winaero Tweaker app here.

I will keep the below list of ms-settings commands actual, so you can bookmark this page and check it from time to time for updates.

Windows 11 ms-settings Commands

Category Settings page ms-settings command
Home (23H2 and above) Home ms-settings:home
System ms-settings:system
Display ms-settings:display

Connect to a wireless display​


Night light​





Sound ms-settings:sound

All sound devices​


Volume mixer​


Choose your sound defaults for AR/VR experiences​

Notifications ms-settings:notifications
Focus assist ms-settings:quiethours

During these times​


When I'm duplicating my display​


When I'm playing a game​

Power & battery ms-settings:powersleep

Energy recommendations​


Battery saver​

Storage ms-settings:storagesense

Storage Sense​


Where new content is saved​

Nearby sharing ms-settings:crossdevice
Multitasking ms-settings:multitasking
Activation ms-settings:activation
Troubleshoot ms-settings:troubleshoot
Recovery ms-settings:recovery
Projecting to this PC ms-settings:project
Remote Desktop ms-settings:remotedesktop
Clipboard ms-settings:clipboard
About ms-settings:about
Bluetooth & devices ms-settings:devices
Devices ms-settings:bluetooth
Printers & scanners ms-settings:printers
Phone Link ms-settings:mobile-devices

Open Phone Link​​



Cameras ms-settings:camera
Mouse ms-settings:mousetouchpad
Touchpad ms-settings:devices-touchpad
Touch ms-settings:devices-touch
Pen & Windows Ink ms-settings:pen
AutoPlay ms-settings:autoplay
USB ms-settings:usb
Network & internet ms-settings:network
Wi-Fi ms-settings:network-wifi

Manage known networks​​​

Cellular ms-settings:network-cellular
Ethernet ms-settings:network-ethernet
VPN ms-settings:network-vpn
Mobile hotspot ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
Airplane mode ms-settings:network-airplanemode
Proxy ms-settings:network-proxy
Dial-up ms-settings:network-dialup
List of available network ms-availablenetworks:
Advanced network settings ms-settings:network-advancedsettings

Advanced sharing settings​

Personalization ms-settings:personalization
Background ms-settings:personalization-background
Colors ms-settings:personalization-colors
Themes ms-settings:themes
Lock screen ms-settings:lockscreen
Text input ms-settings:personalization-textinput
Touch keyboard ms-settings:personalization-touchkeyboard
Start ms-settings:personalization-start


Taskbar ms-settings:taskbar
Fonts ms-settings:fonts
Device usage ms-settings:deviceusage
Installed apps ms-settings:appsfeatures-app


Advanced app settings ms-settings:appsfeatures
Default apps ms-settings:defaultapps
Offline maps ms-settings:maps

Download maps​

Optional features ms-settings:optionalfeatures
Apps for websites ms-settings:appsforwebsites
Video playback ms-settings:videoplayback
Startup ms-settings:startupapps
Accounts ms-settings:accounts
Your info ms-settings:yourinfo
Email & accounts ms-settings:emailandaccounts
options ms-settings:signinoptions

Windows Hello face setup or improve recognition​


Windows Hello fingerprint setup​


Manage Security Key​


Dynamic Lock​

Family ms-settings:family-group
Windows Backup ms-settings:backup


Other users ms-settings:otherusers

Set up a Kiosk​​​

Access work or school ms-settings:workplace
Time and language
Date & time ms-settings:dateandtime
Language & region ms-settings:regionlanguage
Typing ms-settings:typing

Show text suggestions when typing on the physical keyboard​

Speech ms-settings:speech
Xbox Game Bar ms-settings:gaming-gamebar
Captures ms-settings:gaming-gamedvr
Game Mode ms-settings:gaming-gamemode
Accessibility ms-settings:easeofaccess
Text size ms-settings:easeofaccess-display
Visual effects ms-settings:easeofaccess-visualeffects
Mouse pointer and touch ms-settings:easeofaccess-mousepointer
Text cursor ms-settings:easeofaccess-cursor
Magnifier ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
Color filters ms-settings:easeofaccess-colorfilter
Contrast themes ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Narrator ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator

Start Narrator after sign-in​

Audio ms-settings:easeofaccess-audio
Captions ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
Speech ms-settings:easeofaccess-speechrecognition
Keyboard ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Mouse ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Eye control ms-settings:easeofaccess-eyecontrol
Privacy & security ms-settings:privacy
Windows Security ms-settings:windowsdefender
Find my device ms-settings:findmydevice
Device encryption ms-settings:deviceencryption
For developers ms-settings:developers
Windows Permissions
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​

Activity history ms-settings:privacy-activityhistory
Search permissions ms-settings:search-permissions
Searching Windows ms-settings:cortana-windowssearch
App permissions
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 ms-settings:privacy-phonecalls
Call history ms-settings:privacy-callhistory
Email ms-settings:privacy-email
Tasks ms-settings:privacy-tasks
Messaging ms-settings:privacy-messaging
Radios ms-settings:privacy-radios
Other devices ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
App diagnostics ms-settings:privacy-appdiagnostics
Automatic file downloads ms-settings:privacy-automaticfiledownloads
Documents ms-settings:privacy-documents
Downloads folder ms-settings:privacy-downloadsfolder
Music library ms-settings:privacy-musiclibrary
Pictures ms-settings:privacy-pictures
Videos ms-settings:privacy-documents
File system ms-settings:privacy-broadfilesystemaccess
Screenshot borders ms-settings:privacy-graphicscapturewithoutborder
Screenshots and apps ms-settings:privacy-graphicscaptureprogrammatic
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate
Check for updates ms-settings:windowsupdate-action
Schedule the restart ms-settings:windowsupdate-restartoptions
Update history ms-settings:windowsupdate-history

Uninstall Updates

Advanced options ms-settings:windowsupdate-options

Optional updates​


Delivery Optimization​​


Activity monitor​​​​


Advanced options​​​

Windows Insider Program ms-settings:windowsinsider
Mixed reality ms-settings:holographic
Audio & speech ms-settings:holographic-audio
Startup & desktop
Environment ms-settings:privacy-holographic-environment
Headset display ms-settings:holographic-headset
Uninstall ms-settings:holographic-management

Support us

Winaero greatly relies on your support. You can help the site keep bringing you interesting and useful content and software by using these options:

If you like this article, please share it using the buttons below. It won't take a lot from you, but it will help us grow. Thanks for your support!

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.

One thought on “Windows 11 ms-settings Commands (Settings URI Shortcuts)”

  1. Is there a way to enable the settings “Home” page in Windows 11 Enterprise edition? None of GPEdit (hide:none), and registry work for it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Exit mobile version
Using Telegram? Subscribe to the blog channel!
Hello. Add your message here.