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    Open Settings in Windows 10

    Open Settings in Windows 10

    How to Open Settings in Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    17 Apr 2021
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    How to Open Settings in Windows 10


    Most of the settings you'll want to change in Windows 10 are in Settings. Settings is organized into the separate System, Devices, Phone, Network & Internet, Personalization, Apps, Accounts, Time & language, Gaming, Ease of Access (Accessibility), Search, Privacy, Update & Security, and Mixed Reality (if available) categories. You can click/tap on a category to view and change more settings for that category.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 18350, Microsoft is introducing a new way to help users finish their Windows setup and quickly access some of the most frequently used settings. Inspired by the Microsoft account homepage, the Settings home page now has a header at the top allowing you to take quick action for things like signing in and managing your Microsoft account, making the Windows and Microsoft experience better. It also gives you an easy to glance at system status, such as when updates are available. Some of you may have already seen this in previous builds, but don’t worry if not, we’re continuing to roll this out slowly and you will see it in an upcoming build.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 21359, the Ease of Access category in Settings has been renamed to Accessibility.

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


    Contents




    EXAMPLE: Settings in Windows 10
    Open Settings in Windows 10-settings.png





    OPTION ONE

    Open Settings with Keyboard Shortcut


    1 Press the Win + i keys.






    OPTION TWO

    Open Settings from Win+X Quick Link Menu


    1 Open the Win+X Quick Link menu, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

    Open Settings in Windows 10-settings_win-x.png






    OPTION THREE

    Open Settings from Start Menu


    1 Open the Start menu .

    2 Click/tap on the Settings (gear) button on the left side of the Start menu. (see screenshot below)

    Open Settings in Windows 10-settings_start_menu.jpg






    OPTION FOUR

    Open Settings from Action Center


    1 Open the Action Center (Win+A).

    2 Click/tap on the All settings quick action button. (see screenshot below)

    Open Settings in Windows 10-settings_action_center.jpg






    OPTION FIVE

    Open Settings from Search


    1 Open the Search (Win+S).

    2 Type Settings into the search box. (see screenshot below)

    3 Click/tap on Settings in the search results, or click/tap on Open if Settings is selected.

    Open Settings in Windows 10-settings_search.png






    OPTION SIX

    Open Settings from File Explorer


    1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    2 Click/tap on This PC in the navigation pane. (see screenshot below)

    3 Click/tap on the Computer tab.

    4 Click/tap on the Open Settings button in the ribbon.

    Open Settings in Windows 10-settings_file_explorer_this-pc.png






    OPTION SEVEN

    Open Settings from Run


    1 Open Run (Win+R).

    2 Type ms-settings: into Run, and click/tap on OK or press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    Open Settings in Windows 10-settings_run.png






    OPTION EIGHT

    Open Settings from Command Prompt


    1 Open a command prompt.

    2 Copy and paste start ms-settings: into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    Open Settings in Windows 10-settings_command.png






    OPTION NINE

    Open Settings from PowerShell


    1 Open PowerShell.

    2 Copy and paste start ms-settings: into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    Open Settings in Windows 10-settings_powershell.png


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1. Posts : 66
    windows 7 pro
       #1

    so good to have you here with us
    another great tout
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  2. streetwolf's Avatar
    Posts : 148
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #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 12:12.
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  3. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 57,091
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21382
    Thread Starter
       #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.

    Open Settings in Windows 10-safe_mode.png
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  4. streetwolf's Avatar
    Posts : 148
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #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.
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  5. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 57,091
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21382
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Yeah, it's for the Get Started app. Windows apps can't open while in Safe Mode.
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  6. streetwolf's Avatar
    Posts : 148
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #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?
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  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 57,091
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21382
    Thread Starter
       #7

    streetwolf said:
    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. streetwolf's Avatar
    Posts : 148
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #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.
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  9. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 57,091
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21382
    Thread Starter
       #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.
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