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The Settings app is a hub for almost all of Windows 10’s settings, and you’ll probably find yourself accessing it pretty frequently. Luckily, there’s more than one way to open the Settings app—from several different locations.

Use a Keyboard Shortcut

Windows 10 is packed full of keyboard shortcuts to help you streamline your workflow, so it should come as no surprise that there’s a keyboard shortcut to open the Settings menu.

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Just press Windows+i and the Settings menu will launch.

Use the Start Menu

You can also quickly access Settings from the Start menu. First, click the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner of the desktop.

The Start menu will open. Click the gear icon near the bottom of the menu.

The Settings app will open.

Use the Power User Menu

The Power User menu, also known as the WinX menu, is essentially the Start menu’s context menu. Open it by right-clicking the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner of your desktop, or use the Windows+X keyboard shortcut.

The Power User menu will appear. Here, click “Settings.”

Click "Settings" in the Power User menu.

Settings will open.

Search for Settings in Windows Search

You can search for any app installed on your Windows 10 PC from the Windows Search bar—including the Settings app.

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Type “Settings” in the Windows Search bar and click the “Settings” app from the search results.

Type "Settings" in Windows Search and click the "Settings" app.

Settings will then launch.

Access Settings From the Context Menu on the Desktop

Another quick way to access Settings is from the desktop’s context menu. First, right-click anywhere on your desktop and the context menu will appear. At the bottom of the context menu, click “Display Settings” or “Personalize.”

Click Display Settings or Personalize from the context menu.

Either one will open up the respective option in the Settings menu. From there, just click “Home” to go to the top of the Settings app.

Click "Home" in the Settings menu.

Tell Cortana to Open Settings

You can also tell Cortana to open the Settings app for you. First, click the Cortana icon in the Taskbar (or search for it in the Windows Search bar if you removed it) to launch the app.

Next, click the microphone in the bottom-right corner of the app’s window.

Click the microphone in the bottom-right corner of the window.

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Now just say “Open Settings” and Cortana will do the rest. Or, if you don’t have a mic, you can just type “Open Settings” in the text box and press “Enter” instead.

Type "Open Settings" in Cortana.

Either way, the Settings app will open.

Open Settings From File Explorer

You can also access the Settings app from File Explorer’s ribbon. First, open File Explorer by clicking its icon in the Taskbar, or use the Windows+E keyboard shortcut.

Next, in File Explorer, click “This PC” in the left-hand pane and then click “Open Settings” in the ribbon.

Click "This PC" and then "Open Settings."

The Settings app will open.

Use the Action Center

There’s also a way to start the Settings app from the Action Center. First, click the text bubble in the bottom-right corner of your desktop to open the Action Center.

Next, click “Expand” in the bottom-left corner of the Action Center.

Click "Expand."

The list of options will expand. Click “All Settings.”

Click "All Settings."

Settings will now open.

Use Task Manager

You can open all kinds of apps from Task Manager—including the Settings app. First, open Task Manager by using the Ctrl+Shift+Esc keyboard shortcut. In Task Manager, click the “File” tab and then click “Run New Task” from the drop-down menu.

Click File and then click Run New Task.

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The Create New Task window will appear. In the text box, type ms-settings: and then click “OK.”

Type "ms-settings:" in the text box.

Settings will open.

Use the Control Panel

Opening the Settings app from the Control Panel is a bit more involved, but it can still be done. First, open the Control Panel by typing “Control Panel” in the Windows Search bar and then clicking the “Control Panel” app from the search results.

Search for Control Panel in Windows Search.

Once in Control Panel, click “User Accounts.”

Click "User Accounts" in Control Panel.

On the next screen, click “User Accounts” again.

Click "User Accounts" again.

Next, click the “Make Changes to My Account in PC Settings” option.

Click "Make changes to my account in PC settings."

The Settings app will open and you’ll be on your profile information page. Click “Home” to go to the top page of the Settings app.

Click "Home" in the Settings app.

Run a Command in the Run App

You can also use the Run app to open Settings. Open the Run app by using the Windows+R keyboard shortcut. Once open, enter ms-settings: in the text box and then click “OK.”

Type "ms-settings:" in Run.

This will start the Settings app.

Run a Command in Command Prompt

You can run a simple command in Command Prompt to open the Settings app. First, open Command Prompt by typing “Command Prompt” in the Windows Search bar and then clicking the “Command Prompt” app from the search results.

Search for Command Prompt in Windows Search.

In Command Prompt, run this command:

start ms-settings:

Run "start ms-settings:" in Command Prompt.

The Settings app will open.

Run a Command in Windows PowerShell

If you prefer using Windows PowerShell over Command Prompt, then you can still open the Settings app by running the same command. First, open Windows PowerShell by right-clicking the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner of the desktop. This opens the Power User menu. Here, click “Windows PowerShell.”

Open the Power User menu and click Windows PowerShell.

Windows PowerShell will open. Run this command:

start ms-settings:

Run "start ms-settings:" in Windows PowerShell.

The Settings app will now open.

There you have it. With so many ways to open the Settings app, you’ll almost always have immediate access to it. But the Settings app isn’t an exception—there are many different ways to open all kinds of apps on Windows 10, including the Command Prompt and Control Panel. Discover your favorite way to open different apps!

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Marshall Gunnell
Marshall Gunnell is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer at LINE Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, runs ITEnterpriser, a data-storage and cybersecurity-focused online media, and plays with development, with his RAID calculator being his first public project.
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