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How to Access Various Windows 10 Settings via Desktop Shortcuts

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

  1. Right-click or tap and hold any blank place on the Windows 10 Desktop.
  2. Choose New > ShortcutHow To Access Various Windows 10 Settings Via Desktop Shortcuts
  3. 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 itemHow To Access Various Windows 10 Settings Via Desktop Shortcuts
  4. 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. How To Access Various Windows 10 Settings Via Desktop Shortcuts
  5. Double-clicking that shortcut takes you to the page immediately, with no intermediate steps. How To Access Various Windows 10 Settings Via Desktop Shortcuts

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 pageApp used for the shortcut
Accessibility
Closed captioningms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
High contrastms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Keyboardms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Magnifierms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
Mousems-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Narratorms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Other optionsms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
Battery and power
Battery Saverms-settings:batterysaver
Battery Saver settingsms-settings:batterysaver-settings
Battery usems-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
Power and sleepms-settings:powersleep
Display and user interface
Backgroundsms-settings:personalization-background
Colors (display)ms-settings:colors
Colors (personaliation)ms-settings:personalization-colors
Date and timems-settings:dateandtime
Displayms-settings:display
Mouse and touchpadms-settings:mousetouchpad
Personalizationms-settings:personalization
Region and languagems-settings:regionlanguage
Screen rotationms-settings:screenrotation
Speechms-settings:speech
Startms-settings:personalization-start
Themesms-settings:themes
Typingms-settings:typing
Network and radios
Airplane modems-settings:network-airplanemode
Bluetoothms-settings:bluetooth
Cellularms-settings:network-cellular
Data usagems-settings:datausage
Dialupms-settings:network-dialup
DirectAccessms-settings:network-directaccess
Ethernetms-settings:network-ethernet
Manage Wi-Fims-settings:network-wifisettings
Mobile hotspotms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
Proxyms-settings:network-proxy
Wi-Fims-settings:network-wifi
VPNms-settings:network-vpn
Other
For developersms-settings:developers
Offline mapsms-settings:maps
Optional featuresms-settings:optionalfeatures
Privacy
Account infoms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Calendarms-settings:privacy-calendar
Camerams-settings:privacy-webcam
Contactsms-settings:privacy-contacts
Feedbackms-settings:privacy-feedback
Locationms-settings:privacy-location
Messagingms-settings:privacy-messaging
Microphonems-settings:privacy-microphone
Motionms-settings:privacy-motion
Other devices (privacy)ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Privacyms-settings:privacy
Radiosms-settings:privacy-radios
Speech, inking, and typingms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
System and user
Connected devicesms-settings:connecteddevices
Family and other usersms-settings:otherusers
Lockscreenms-settings:lockscreen
Notifications and actionsms-settings:notifications
Proximityms-settings:proximity
Signin optionsms-settings:signinoptions
Storage Sensems-settings:storagesense
Tablet modems-settings://tabletmode/
Windows Updatems-settings:windowsupdate
Work accessms-settings:workplace

 

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