Create Desktop shortcuts or Context Menu items to open various Settings in Windows 10

If there are some Windows 10 settings that you access frequently, you would like an option to open them directly by clicking on a desktop shortcut or a right-click context menu item, right? Well in this post, we will see the URI for Settings apps, that open the particular Settings page directly.

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 edit the Windows Registry and add it to the context menu.

URI for specific 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.

Category Settings page URI
Home Landing page for Settings ms-settings:
System Display ms-settings:displayms-settings:screenrotation
Notifications ms-settings:notifications
Storage ms-settings:storagesense
Battery Saver ms-settings:batterysaver
Battery Saver ms-settings:batterysaver-settings
Battery Saver ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
Offline Maps ms-settings:maps
Devices Bluetooth ms-settings:bluetooth
Connected Devices ms-settings:connecteddevices
Mouse & Touchpad ms-settings:mousetouchpad
Network and Wi-fi  Power & Sleep  ms-settings:powersleep
Airplane mode ms-settings:network-airplanemode
Cellular ms-settings:network-cellular
Dial-up ms-settings:network-dialup
Ethernet ms-settings:network-ethernet
Proxy ms-settings:network-proxy
Data Sense ms-settings:datausage
 Wi-Fi  ms-settings:network-wifi
 Mobile Hotspot  ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
 Start  ms-settings:personalization-start
Personalization Lock screen ms-settings:lockscreen
Personalization ms-settings:personalization
Accounts Your account ms-settings:emailandaccounts
Your workplace  ms-settings:workplace
Time and language Date & time ms-settings:dateandtime
Region & language ms-settings:regionlanguage
Speech ms-settings:speech
Privacy Calendar ms-settings:privacy-calendar
Contacts ms-settings:privacy-contacts
Feedback & diagnostics ms-settings:privacy-feedback
Location ms-settings:privacy-location
Messaging ms-settings:privacy-messaging
Microphone ms-settings:privacy-microphone
Other ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Radio ms-settings:privacy-radios
Speech ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Webcam ms-settings:privacy-webcam
Update & Security Windows update ms-settings:windowsupdate

As I mentioned earlier, you can use this list to create desktop shortcuts.

Create Desktop shortcuts to open various Settings in Windows 10

To create a desktop shortcut right-click on your Windows 10 desktop > New > Shortcut.

Create shortcuts Settings Windows 10

In the wizard which opens, type the URI of the setting. Here I am using the URI for the landing page of the Settings app – ms-settings:

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Click on Next to continue and give it a suitable name.

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The shortcut will be created. Right-click on it > Properties > Web document > Change Icon. Select a suitable icon for it, Click OK/Apply and Exit.

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Now if you click on the shortcut, the landing page of the Setting app will open.

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You can similarly do it for any setting of your choice.

Add Context Menu item to open specific Windows 10 Setting

Using these URIs, you can add the items to your context menu. To do this, Run regedit to open the Windows Registry.

Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell

Right-click on Shell > New > Key. Name the key suitably. I have named it as Settings, since it is the Settings app landing page we are adding to the context menu.

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Now right-click the newly created Settings key > New > Key. Name this key as command.

Finally double-click on the Default value of command in the right panel and give the Value data as:

“C:\Windows\explorer.exe” ms-settings:

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Click OK and Exit. Now right-click on the desktop and you will see Settings as a context menu item.

settings-context-menuClicking on it will open the Settings app. You can similarly create a desktop shortcut or a context menu item for any of the settings.

Always remember to create a system restore point before you make any changes to your system.

You can also Pin to Start any Windows 10 Setting which you access often.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.