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    Open Settings in Windows 10

    How to Open Settings in Windows 10
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    How to Open Settings in Windows 10

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    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, Apps, 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.

    Starting with Windows 10 Creators Update build 15002, Settings have gotten some improvements:
    • Settings pages now contain additional information on the right or bottom (depending on the window size) providing links to support, feedback, and any other related settings if available.
    • Since System Settings list was getting quite long, Microsoft moved app related settings out of System into a new category called Apps.The new Apps category icon includes the Apps & features, Default apps, Offline maps, and Apps for websites settings.
    • You will notice that the header on the landing page of each Settings category will now stay in place as you pan the page.
    • Updated Device settings
    • New Display settings options
    • Lower Blue Light
    • New per app Surface Dial settings
    • Personalization now supports recent colors
    • Theme Management in Settings
    • Improved cross-device experiences settings
    • Metered Ethernet connection support

    Starting with Windows 10 build 15007, a new Holographic page was added to Settings. It currently is still in development and doesn't include any settings.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 15019, Settings have gotten some improvements:
    • A new Gaming page was added to Settings. Microsoft is also beginning to consolidate some system and user settings for gaming in this unified location, where PC users are accustomed to accessing their settings. Starting in this build, you’ll find settings for Game bar, GameDVR, Game Mode, and broadcasting and streaming in this new Gaming area. Not all elements of this section will be visible in this build, but Microsoft will continue to develop and deploy Gaming settings over time.
    • The Holographic page in Settings has been renamed to Mixed reality, and now includes the Audio and speech, Environment, Headset display, Spaces, and Uninstall settings.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 15025, you will no longer see a Mixed Reality entry on the main page of Settings.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16188, Cortana's settings have been integrated into Settings.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16199, Microsoft has made some changes in Settings:
    • Broadcast using game-only audio: Under Settings > Gaming > Broadcasting, you can now choose “Per-app audio”¯ to broadcast using only the game’s audio to Beam as opposed to the audio for your entire PC.
    • Audio settings is now Game DVR in Game bar: We have renamed the Audio settings page under the settings in Game bar to be Game DVR. All Game DVR settings from the general gaming settings page has been moved to be under Game DVR. Per-app audio settings is also included here as well.
    • Settings > System > About now integrated with System Health: The About Settings page has been simplified to be accessible to all customers. In addition to the overall UX cleanup, we have also added a health section that pulls in information from the Windows Defender Security Center so you can see your system health at a glance.
    • Tips and Videos in Settings: To help you learn more about your options, we’re starting to add tips and videos to Settings.
    • Expanding Storage Sense’s abilities: During development of the Windows 10 Creators Update, we added the ability to automatically free up space using Storage Sense.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16251, a new Phone page has been added to Settings to be able to link your Android or iphone. Having you link your phone ensures that your sessions from your phone are continued only on to the PC that you’ve chosen. After adding your phone to be linked, you will receive an SMS from us directing you to install a test application called “Microsoft Apps” for Android that completes the link between your phone and PC and enables one of our first cross device browsing scenarios.


    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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    EXAMPLE: Settings in Windows 10
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    Open Settings in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Open Settings in Windows 10
    To Open Settings

    1. Do step 2 (keyboard), step 3 (Win+X), 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. Open the Win+X Quick Link menu, click/tap on Settings, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)
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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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    Open Settings in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Open Settings 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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    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1.    07 Aug 2015 #1

    so good to have you here with us
    another great tout
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  2.    18 Nov 2015 #2

    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. Posts : 22,301
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       18 Nov 2015 #3

    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

    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.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 22,301
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       18 Nov 2015 #5

    Yeah, it's for the Get Started app. Windows apps can't open while in Safe Mode.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  6.    18 Nov 2015 #6

    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?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  7. Posts : 22,301
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16251
    Thread Starter
       18 Nov 2015 #7

    streetwolf said: 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.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  8.    18 Nov 2015 #8

    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 ComputerSystem Spec


  9. Posts : 22,301
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16251
    Thread Starter
       22 Apr 2016 #9

    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 ComputersSystem Spec


 
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