PC Settings, introduced first with Windows 8, has been rebranded as Settings in Windows 10. Microsoft has completely overhauled the Settings app to make it easier to use and include new settings.
While the classic Control Panel is still exist in Windows 10 and we need to navigate to the Control Panel to access some settings, most of the Settings can be found under Settings app. In fact, many of the newly added settings and options are available only in the Settings app.
Settings to personalize the Start menu or screen, lock screen and many other options are available in Settings app only. Additionally, the Settings app allows you pin your favorite settings or settings that you need to access very often to the Start menu or screen.
The design language of the Settings app goes very well with overall design of Windows 10. All settings and options have been placed into nine different categories: System, Devices, Network and Internet, Personalization, Accounts, Time and Language, Ease of Access, Privacy and Update and security. Navigate to category to view sub-categories.
In fact, in many ways, the Settings app is much easier to use and navigate than the classic Control Panel.
Although Settings app icon is pinned to the left of the Start menu or screen by default for quick access, following are some of the lesser known ways to open Settings app in Windows 10.
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Open Settings with keyboard shortcut
This is the easiest way to launch Settings app in Windows 10.
Step 1: Simultaneously press Windows logo and I keys (Windows + I) to quickly open Settings in Windows 10.
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Open Windows 10 settings from Start
Step 1: Reveal the Start menu or screen by pressing Windows logo key or clicking (tap if you’re on a touch device) the Start button on the extreme left of the taskbar.
Step 2: On the left-side of the Start, simply click or tap the Settings icon to launch the same.
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Launch Settings app from the search
Step 1: Open Start menu or screen.
Step 2: In the search box (which can be quickly accessed by pressing Windows + C), type Settings and then press Enter key.
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Quickly open personalization section of Settings
Step 1: Right-click on desktop to open the desktop context menu.
Step 2: Click or tap Personalize option to open personalization section of Settings.
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Open Settings app from Action Center
Step 1: Click on the Action Center icon in the taskbar and then click All Settings tile to open Settings.
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Pin Settings app to taskbar for quick access
Step 1: Launch the Start menu or screen by either clicking the Start (Windows icon) button on the taskbar or pressing the Windows logo key on the keyboard.
Step 2: Right-click on the Settings icon in the Start menu/screen, and then click Pin to taskbar option. That’s it!
If you have issues with opening Settings, refer to our Settings not opening in Windows 10 guide.