In addition to the traditional Control Panel, Windows 10 also includes a new Control Panel, called Settings to configure various new features introduced with this version of Windows. The modern Control Panel, unlike the traditional one, can’t be launched from Run dialog or Windows Explorer, but it will eventually replace the traditional Control Panel.
The Settings is the place where you can find settings to customize the Start menu and taskbar, change the desktop and lock screen background, configure Find My Device, turn on or off Windows Defender, and many more settings. Unlike the PC Settings in Windows 10, the Settings in Windows 10 includes most of the options and settings available under Control Panel.
Opening Settings is a fairly easy job, and there are many ways to open Settings in Windows 10. You can either click on the Settings icon in the Start menu or use the Windows logo + I hotkey to quickly launch the Settings.
While it’s a good idea to use the Windows logo + I keyboard shortcut to open Settings swiftly, users who are running Windows 10 on a tablet might want to pin Settings to the Start menu or taskbar for quick access. Users who open Settings with the help of mouse or touchpad may want to pin Settings shortcut to the Taskbar.
In this guide, we will see how to pin Settings app to taskbar as well as the Start in Windows 10. To create a shortcut of Settings on the desktop, please refer to our how to create desktop shortcut for Settings app in Windows 10 guide.
So, Windows 10 users who would like to quickly access PC Settings can follow the given below instructions to easily pin PC Settings to Start screen and Taskbar.
Pin Settings app to the taskbar in Windows 10
Step 1: Click or tap the Start button on the taskbar to reveal the Start menu.
Step 2: Click or tap the Settings icon in the Start menu to open Settings app.
Step 3: Right-click or tap and hold on the Settings icon in the taskbar, click or tap Pin to taskbar to pin Settings app to the taskbar in Windows 10.
Pin Settings to the Start menu in Windows 10
By default, Windows 10 displays Settings icon in the left-pane of the Start menu. But if you want to add Settings to the right-side of the Start menu in the form of a tile, you can do so.
Step 1: Type Settings in Start menu or taskbar search box.
Step 2: Right-click on the Settings app and then click Pin to Start to the pin to the Start menu.
To pin PC Settings to taskbar or Start screen in Windows 8/8.1:
Step 1: Head over to this page of 7Tuturials and download PC_Settings.zip file.
Step 2: Extract the zip file onto the desktop to get PC_Settings.exe file.
Step 3: Right-click on PC-Settings.exe file, click Pin to Start to pin the item to Start screen, and click Pin to Taskbar to have the shortcut in Taskbar.
Users who don’t want to pin PC Settings to Start Screen or Taskbar can create a keyboard shortcut for the same. To do that, first create a shortcut of the file, right-click on the shortcut, click Properties, under Shortcut tab, in Shortcut key box, enter the hotkey you would like to assign to launch PC Settings. Click Apply. You are done!
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