As Windows 10 evolves you can notice more and more aspects of the system being transformed. The most popular desktop OS is slowly moving ahead of the traditional design to a more modern look. As a result, Microsoft has moved huge chunks of the old Control Panel to the new, modern Settings app. You may like it or you may not, but you can’t disagree that navigating to specific destinations in the new app is just as tedious if not more. To Microsoft’s credit, the new Windows 10 settings app is at least not as confusing as the control panel was. Thanks to a simple extension of a brilliant hack by Lucas (@Whistler4Ever), you can actually create one-click desktop shortcuts for most popular settings pages.
If there are some Windows 10 settings that you access frequently, you might prefer having them as desktop shortcuts that take you right to them. This can be done using URI. A URI or Uniform Resource Identifier is a string of characters used to identify a name of a resource. So if you know the URI for each of the settings, you can create its desktop shortcut. Or you can edit the Windows Registry and add it to the context menu.
These usually begin with ms-settings, followed by a colon and the name of the page you want to jump to. For instance, ms-settings: takes you straight to the main page on the Settings app. Similarly, ms-settings:batterysaver-settings will take you to the battery saver settings page as you would expect. This would normally take a few clicks to go to Settings > System > Battery.
Create desktop shortcuts for various settings
- Right-click or tap and hold any blank place on the Windows 10 Desktop.
- Choose New > Shortcut.
- Enter a valid ms-settings command listed below and type it into the input box. For example, to go to the Data Usage app, type
ms-settings:datausagein the box marked Type the location of the item.
- Click Next, give the shortcut a name and click Finish. It would be a good idea to give it a descriptive name so you know what the shortcut is for.
- Double-clicking that shortcut takes you to the page immediately, with no intermediate steps.
Valid URIs for various Windows 10 settings
MSDN has listed the URIs that target specific settings apps in Windows 10. This table lists the URIs that you can use to display built-in settings pages in Windows 10.
|Settings page||App used for the shortcut|
|Battery and power|
|Battery Saver settings||ms-settings:batterysaver-settings|
|Power and sleep||ms-settings:powersleep|
|Display and user interface|
|Date and time||ms-settings:dateandtime|
|Mouse and touchpad||ms-settings:mousetouchpad|
|Region and language||ms-settings:regionlanguage|
|Network and radios|
|Other devices (privacy)||ms-settings:privacy-customdevices|
|Speech, inking, and typing||ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping|
|System and user|
|Family and other users||ms-settings:otherusers|
|Notifications and actions||ms-settings:notifications|