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Windows 11 ms-settings Commands (Settings URI Shortcuts)

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.

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
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
Storage ms-settings:storagesense

Storage Sense​


Where new content is saved​

Nearby sharing
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
Devices ms-settings:bluetooth
Printers & scanners ms-settings:printers
Your Phone ms-settings:mobile-devices
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
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
Personalization ms-settings:personalization
Background ms-settings:personalization-background
Colors ms-settings:personalization-colors
Themes ms-settings:themes
Lock screen ms-settings:lockscreen
Touch keyboard ms-settings:personalization-touchkeyboard
Start ms-settings:personalization-start


Taskbar ms-settings:taskbar
Fonts ms-settings:fonts
Device usage ms-settings:deviceusage
Apps & features ms-settings:appsfeatures
Installed apps ms-settings:installed-apps
Default apps ms-settings:defaultapps
Offline maps ms-settings:maps

Download maps​

Optional features
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 & other users ms-settings:eek:therusers
Windows Backup ms-settings:backup
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
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
Screenshots and apps
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate
Update history ms-settings:windowsupdate-history
Advanced options ms-settings:windowsupdate-options

Optional updates​

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

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