Launch Windows 10 Settings Pages directly using these commands

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.

URI for specific Windows 10 settings

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.

Launch Windows 10 Settings Pages directly

Microsoft 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 Notes
Accounts Access work or school ms-settings:workplace
Email & app accounts ms-settings:emailandaccounts
Family & other people ms-settings:otherusers
options ms-settings:signinoptions
Sync your settings ms-settings:sync
Your info ms-settings:yourinfo
Apps Apps & Features ms-settings:appsfeatures
Apps for websites ms-settings:appsforwebsites
Default apps ms-settings:defaultapps
Apps & features ms-settings:optionalfeatures
Cortana Talk to Cortana ms-settings:cortana-language
More details ms-settings:cortana-moredetails
Notifications ms-settings:cortana-notifications
Devices USB ms-settings:usb
Audio and speech ms-settings:holographic-audio Only available if the Mixed Reality Portal app is installed (available in the Microsoft Store)
AutoPlay ms-settings:autoplay
Touchpad ms-settings:devices-touchpad Only available if touchpad hardware is present
Pen & Windows Ink ms-settings:pen
Printers & scanners ms-settings:printers
Typing ms-settings:typing
Wheel ms-settings:wheel Only available if Dial is paired
Default camera ms-settings:camera
Bluetooth ms-settings:bluetooth
Connected Devices ms-settings:connecteddevices
Mouse & touchpad ms-settings:mousetouchpad Touchpad settings only available on devices that have a touchpad
Ease of Access Narrator ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Magnifier ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
High contrast ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Closed captions ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
Keyboard ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Mouse ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Other options ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
Extras Extras ms-settings:extras Only available if “settings apps” are installed (e.g. by 3rd party)
Gaming Broadcasting ms-settings:gaming-broadcasting
Game bar ms-settings:gaming-gamebar
Game DVR ms-settings:gaming-gamedvr
Game Mode ms-settings:gaming-gamemode
TruePlay ms-settings:gaming-trueplay
Xbox Networking ms-settings:gaming-xboxnetworking
Home page Landing page for Settings ms-settings:
Network & internet Ethernet ms-settings:network-ethernet
VPN ms-settings:network-vpn
Dial-up ms-settings:network-dialup
DirectAccess ms-settings:network-directaccess Only available if DirectAccess is enabled
Wi-Fi Calling ms-settings:network-wificalling Only available if Wi-Fi calling is enabled
Data usage ms-settings:datausage
Cellular & SIM ms-settings:network-cellular
Mobile hotspot ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
Proxy ms-settings:network-proxy
Status ms-settings:network-status
Manage known networks ms-settings:network-wifisettings
Network & wireless NFC ms-settings:nfctransactions
Wi-Fi ms-settings:network-wifi Only available if the device has a wifi adaptor
Airplane mode ms-settings:network-airplanemode Use ms-settings:proximity on Windows 8.x
Personalization Start ms-settings:personalization-start
Themes ms-settings:themes
Glance ms-settings:personalization-glance
Navigation bar ms-settings:personalization-navbar
Personalization (category) ms-settings:personalization
Background ms-settings:personalization-background
Colors ms-settings:personalization-colors
Sounds ms-settings:sounds
Lock screen ms-settings:lockscreen
Task Bar ms-settings:taskbar
Privacy App diagnostics ms-settings:privacy-appdiagnostics
Notifications ms-settings:privacy-notifications
Tasks ms-settings:privacy-tasks
General ms-settings:privacy-general
Accessory apps ms-settings:privacy-accessoryapps
Advertising ID ms-settings:privacy-advertisingid
Phone calls ms-settings:privacy-phonecall
Location ms-settings:privacy-location
Camera ms-settings:privacy-webcam
Microphone ms-settings:privacy-microphone
Motion ms-settings:privacy-motion
Speech, inking & typing ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Account info ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Contacts ms-settings:privacy-contacts
Calendar ms-settings:privacy-calendar
Call history ms-settings:privacy-callhistory
Email ms-settings:privacy-email
Messaging ms-settings:privacy-messaging
Radios ms-settings:privacy-radios
Background Apps ms-settings:privacy-backgroundapps
Other devices ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Feedback & diagnostics ms-settings:privacy-feedback
Surface Hub Accounts ms-settings:surfacehub-accounts
Team Conferencing ms-settings:surfacehub-calling
Team device management ms-settings:surfacehub-devicemanagenent
Session cleanup ms-settings:surfacehub-sessioncleanup
Welcome screen ms-settings:surfacehub-welcome
System Shared experiences ms-settings:crossdevice
Display ms-settings:display
Multitasking ms-settings:multitasking
Projecting to this PC ms-settings:project
Tablet mode ms-settings:tabletmode
Taskbar ms-settings:taskbar
Phone ms-settings:phone-defaultapps
Display ms-settings:screenrotation
Notifications & actions ms-settings:notifications
Phone ms-settings:phone
Messaging ms-settings:messaging
Battery Saver ms-settings:batterysaver Only available on devices that have a battery, such as a tablet
Battery use ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails Only available on devices that have a battery, such as a tablet
Power & sleep ms-settings:powersleep
About ms-settings:about
Storage ms-settings:storagesense
Storage Sense ms-settings:storagepolicies
Default Save Locations ms-settings:savelocations
Encryption ms-settings:deviceencryption
Offline Maps ms-settings:maps
Time and language Date & time ms-settings:dateandtime
Region & language ms-settings:regionlanguage
Speech Language ms-settings:speech
Pinyin keyboard ms-settings:regionlanguage-chsime-pinyin Available if the Microsoft Pinyin input method editor is installed
Wubi input mode ms-settings:regionlanguage-chsime-wubi Available if the Microsoft Wubi input method editor is installed
Update & security Windows Hello setup ms-settings:signinoptions-launchfaceenrollment
Backup ms-settings:backup
Find My Device ms-settings:findmydevice
Windows Insider Program ms-settings:windowsinsider Only present if user is enrolled in WIP
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate-history
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate-options
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate-restartoptions
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate-action
Activation ms-settings:activation
Recovery ms-settings:recovery
Troubleshoot ms-settings:troubleshoot
Windows Defender ms-settings:windowsdefender
For developers ms-settings:developers
User Accounts Windows Anywhere ms-settings:windowsanywhere Device must be Windows Anywhere-capable
Provisioning ms-settings:workplace-provisioning Only available if enterprise has deployed a provisioning package
Provisioning ms-settings:provisioning Only available on mobile and if the enterprise has deployed a provisioning package

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.


Launch Windows 10 Settings Pages directly using these commands

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:


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.

TIP: This post will help you if you receive This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action message.

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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