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How to Create a Settings shortcut 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, Gaming, Ease of Access, Privacy, Update & security, Mixed reality, and Cortana categories with each their own page of settings. You can click/tap on a category to view and change more settings for that category.

This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Settings shortcut that you can use anywhere in Windows 10.


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EXAMPLE: Settings
Name:  Settings.jpg
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Create Settings shortcut in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Create Settings shortcut in Windows 10
To Download a Settings Shortcut

1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .zip file below.

Settings_shortcut.zip

download

2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

3. Unblock the .zip file..

4. Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the shortcut to your desktop.

5. You can Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

6. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file if you like.








Create Settings shortcut in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Create Settings shortcut in Windows 10
To Manually Create a Settings Shortcut

1. Right click or press and hold on an empty area on your desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and paste the location below into the location area, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

explorer ms-settings:

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3. Type Settings for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You could name this shortcut anything you would like though.

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4. Right click or press and hold on the new Settings shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.

5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

Name:  shortcut-3.png
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6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

%windir%\System32\shell32.dll

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7. Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)
NOTE: You could use any icon that you would like instead though.

8. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 5)

9. You can Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.



That's it,
Shawn