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    Settings - Open in Windows 10

    How to Open Settings in Windows 10
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    18 Dec 2014

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    How to Open Settings in Windows 10


    information   Information
    Most of the settings you'll want to change in Windows 10 are in Settings. Settings is organized into the separate System, Devices, Network & Internet, Personalization, Accounts, Time & language, Ease of Access, Privacy, and Update & security categories. You can click/tap on a category to view and change more settings for that category.

    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14328, all pages in the Settings app now have individual icons associated with them. These individual icons will also be shown when you pin a settings page to Start. A dropdown flyout with page suggestions has also been added that will appear as you type into the Settings search box. These changes are designed to make it easier to find the settings you are looking for.

    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14361, Microsoft made some improvements to the Settings app based on Insider Feedback. The navigation pane is now white in light mode or black in dark mode and we have added a small block of color (which is same as the accent color of your profile) to highlight what Settings page you are on. Clicking anywhere on the Home button at the top left takes you to the Settings homepage. And have made some other polish improvements, including slightly increasing the size of the page name text.


    This tutorial will show you different ways on how to open the Settings app in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    The built-in Administrator account will not be able to open Settings using step 3, step 4, or step 5 in OPTION ONE below, but will be able to open Settings using step 2 in OPTION ONE below.

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    CONTENTS:

    EXAMPLE: Settings app in Windows 10

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    Settings - Open in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Settings - Open in Windows 10
    To Open Settings app

    1. Do step 2 (keyboard), step 3 (taskbar), step 4 (Start), or step 5 (File Explorer), step 6 (Action Center), or step 7 (command) below for how you would like to open the Settings app.

    2. Press the Windows + i keys, and go to step 8 below.

    3. Press and hold or click/tap on the taskbar, click/tap on Settings, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    This step is only available starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14328.

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    4. Click/tap on the Start button on the taskbar or press the Windows key to open the Start menu, click/tap on the Settings link at the bottom left, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Open File Explorer, and click/tap on This PC in the navigation pane. Click/tap on the Computer tab, click/tap on Open Settings in the ribbon, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Open the Action Center, click/tap on the All settings button at the bottom, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. In Run (Win+R) or the address bar of File Explorer, type ms-settings: and press Enter, and then go to step 8 below.

    8. You can now view and change the Settings you like. (see screenshots below)

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    Settings - Open in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Settings - Open in Windows 10
    To View Settings in a List

    1. Open Settings using Option One above.

    2. Type the * asterisk symbol in the search box in Settings.

    3. You can now view and change the Settings you like. (see screenshots below)

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    Settings - Open in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Settings - Open in Windows 10
    To Open Directly to Specific Settings using Run command

    1. Press the Windows+R keys to open Run command dialog. (see screenshot below)

    2. Copy and paste the command in the table below for the settings you want to open, and click/tap on OK.

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    Tip   Tip
    If you like, you can also create a new shortcut for a specific setting using it's command in the table below.

    Reference: Launch the Windows Settings app



    Code:
    Settings Command
    About (System) ms-settings:about
    Access work or school (Accounts) ms-settings:workplace
    Accounts (Accounts) ms-settings:emailandaccounts
    Account info (Privacy) ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
    Activation (Update & security) ms-settings:activation
    Airplane Mode (Network & Internet) ms-settings:network-airplanemode OR ms-settings:airplanemode
    Apps & features (System) ms-settings:appsfeatures
    AutoPay (Devices) ms-settings:autoplay
    Background (Personalization) ms-settings:personalization-background
    Background apps (Privacy) ms-settings:privacy-backgroundapps
    Backup (Update & security) ms-settings:backup
    Battery Saver (System) ms-settings:batterysaver
    Battery Saver Settings (System) ms-settings:batterysaver-settings
    Battery usage by app (System) ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
    Bluetooth (Devices) ms-settings:bluetooth
    Calendar (Privacy) ms-settings:privacy-calendar
    Call history (Privacy) ms-settings:privacy-callhistory
    Camera (Privacy) ms-settings:privacy-webcam
    Cellular Network (Network & Internet) ms-settings-cellular: OR ms-settings:network-cellular
    Closed Captions (Ease of Access) ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
    Connected devices (Devices) ms-settings:connecteddevices
    Colors (Personalization) ms-settings:colors OR ms-settings:personalization-colors
    Contacts (Privacy) ms-settings:privacy-contacts
    Data Usage (Network & Internet) ms-settings:datausage
    Date and Time (Time & language) ms-settings:dateandtime
    Default apps (System) ms-settings:defaultapps
    Device Encryption (System) ms-settings:deviceencryption
    Dial-up (Network & Internet) ms-settings:network-dialup
    DirectAccess (Network & Internet) ms-settings:network-directaccess
    Display (System) ms-settings:display
    Download maps (System) ms-settings:maps-downloadmaps
    Email (Privacy) ms-settings:privacy-email
    Email & app accounts (Accounts) ms-settings:emailandaccounts
    Ethernet (Network & Internet) ms-settings:network-ethernet
    Family & other users (Accounts) ms-settings:otherusers
    Feedback & diagnostics (Privacy) ms-settings:privacy-feedback
    For developers (Update & security) ms-settings:developers
    High contrast (Ease of Access) ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
    Keyboard (Ease of Access) ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
    Location (Privacy) ms-settings:privacy-location
    Lock screen (Personalization) ms-settings:lockscreen
    Magnifier (Ease of Access) ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
    Manage optional features (System) ms-settings:optionalfeatures
    Manage known networks (Network & Internet - Wi-Fi) ms-settings:network-wifisettings
    Messaging (Privacy) ms-settings:privacy-messaging
    Microphone (Privacy) ms-settings:privacy-microphone
    Mobile hotspot (Network & Internet) ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot OR ms-settings:mobilehotspot
    Motion (Privacy) ms-settings:privacy-motion
    Mouse (Ease of Access) ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
    Mouse & touchpad (Devices) ms-settings:mousetouchpad
    Multitasking (System) ms-settings:multitasking
    Narrator (Ease of Access) ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
    Network Status (Network & Internet) ms-settings:network-status
    NFC and proximity (devices) ms-settings:nfctransactions
    Notifications & actions (System) ms-settings:notifications
    Offline maps (System) ms-settings:maps
    Optional features (System) ms-settings:optionalfeatures
    Other Devices (Privacy) ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
    Other Options (Ease of Access) ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
    Pen (Devices) ms-settings:pen
    Personalization ms-settings:personalization
    Power & sleep (System) ms-settings:powersleep
    Printers & scanners (Devices) ms-settings:printers
    Privacy ms-settings:privacy
    Projecting to this PC (System) ms-settings:project
    Proximity Sensor (if available) ms-settings-proximity:
    Proxy (Network & Internet) ms-settings:network-proxy
    Radios (Privacy) ms-settings:privacy-radios
    Recovery (Update & security) ms-settings:recovery
    Region & language (Time & language) ms-settings:regionlanguage
    Screen rotation (System) ms-settings:screenrotation
    Settings (home page) ms-settings:
    Sign-in options (Accounts) ms-settings:signinoptions
    Speech (Time & language) ms-settings:speech
    Speech, inking, & typing (Privacy) ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
    Start (Personalization) ms-settings:personalization-start
    Storage (System) ms-settings:storagesense
    Sync your settings (Accounts) ms-settings:sync
    Tablet mode (System) ms-settings:tabletmode
    Taskbar (Personalization) ms-settings:taskbar
    Themes (Personalization) ms-settings:themes
    Typing (Devices) ms-settings:typing
    USB (Devices) ms-settings:usb
    VPN (Network & Internet) ms-settings:network-vpn
    Wheel (Devices) ms-settings:wheel
    Wi-Fi (Network & Internet) ms-settings:network-wifi OR ms-settings:wifi
    Windows Defender (Update & security) ms-settings:windowsdefender
    Windows Insider Program (Update & security) ms-settings:windowsinsider
    Windows Update (Update & security) ms-settings:windowsupdate
    Windows Update Advanced options (Update & security) ms-settings:windowsupdate-options
    Windows Update Check for updates (Update & security) ms-settings:windowsupdate-action
    Windows Update history (Update & security) ms-settings:windowsupdate-history
    Windows Update Restart options (Update & security) ms-settings:windowsupdate-restartoptions
    Your info (Accounts) ms-settings:yourinfo


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    07 Aug 2015 #1
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Montreal Canada
    Posts : 54
    windows 7 pro

    so good to have you here with us
    another great tout
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  2.    18 Nov 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 78
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Hey Brink...

    When I go into safe-mode, via the Advanced Startup Options I get the following message:

    This app can't open.
    Get Started can't be opened using the Built-In Administrator account. Sign in with a different account and try again.

    Pressing Close clears the box. I didn't have the built-in Administrator defined.

    Thinking I needed to create the Built-In Administrator I did so and when I choose the B-I Admin account I get this message which seems to be a similar message: You'll need a new app to open this ms-get-started. Clicking anywhere on the screen clears the message. My normal account still gets the first message.

    I've never seen these messages when running Windows normally. Any ideas on getting rid of these messages? I don't know if the instructions in this tutorial apply to safe-mode and quite frankly I have a hard time following them.
    Last edited by streetwolf; 18 Nov 2015 at 13:12.
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  3.    18 Nov 2015 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 14,969
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14931

    Hello steetwolf,

    I just tested, and I get the same thing in Safe Mode while signing in to my Microsoft account that's an administrator.

    It doesn't appear to affect anything though once I close the message.

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  4.    18 Nov 2015 #4
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 78
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Sounds like Get Started might be information on Windows after you first bring it up, or perhaps it's looking for the app that sets things up for your account. Just a guess.
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  5.    18 Nov 2015 #5
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 14,969
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14931

    Yeah, it's for the Get Started app. Windows apps can't open while in Safe Mode.
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  6.    18 Nov 2015 #6
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 78
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Found this: Windows 10: Built-in Administrator account issuesWindows 10: Built-in Administrator account issues - Information Technology Blog

    Haven't tried it yet. Wonder if it has to be done when in safe-mode for my normal account and B-I account?
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  7.    18 Nov 2015 #7
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 14,969
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14931

    Quote Originally Posted by streetwolf View Post
    Found this: Windows 10: Built-in Administrator account issuesWindows 10: Built-in Administrator account issues - Information Technology Blog

    Haven't tried it yet. Wonder if it has to be done when in safe-mode for my normal account and B-I account?
    I would not recommend doing that. That basically strips the "elevated" rights of the built-in Administrator account, and turns it into a normal unelevated administrator account.
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  8.    18 Nov 2015 #8
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 78
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Guess I'll live with it. Like you said the message is easy to get rid of and doesn't appear to harm anything. In any event it probably is a bug.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9.    22 Apr 2016 #9
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 14,969
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14931

    UPDATE:

    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14328, all pages in the Settings app now have individual icons associated with them. These individual icons will also be shown when you pin a settings page to Start. A dropdown flyout with page suggestions has also been added that will appear as you type into the Settings search box. These changes are designed to make it easier to find the settings you are looking for.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 
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