Normally, in the previous version (Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1), when we said “shortcut”, everyone’ll think of “file shortcut” or “folder shortcut”. Now, in Windows 10, you can even create amazing shortcuts to individual Settings. This is for all builds of Windows 10.

Windows 10 is now more beautiful & more new features
Windows 10 is now more beautiful & more new features

After this article, you’ll know how to create Settings shortcuts for:

Closed captioning ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
High contrast ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Keyboard ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Magnifier ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
Mouse ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Narrator ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Other options ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
Battery and power
Battery Saver ms-settings:batterysaver
Battery Saver settings ms-settings:batterysaver-settings
Battery use ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
Power and sleep ms-settings:powersleep
Display and user interface
Backgrounds ms-settings:personalization-background
Colors (display) ms-settings:colors
Colors (personaliation) ms-settings:personalization-colors
Date and time ms-settings:dateandtime
Display ms-settings:display
Mouse and touchpad ms-settings:mousetouchpad
Personalization ms-settings:personalization
Region and language ms-settings:regionlanguage
Screen rotation ms-settings:screenrotation
Speech ms-settings:speech
Start ms-settings:personalization-start
Themes ms-settings:themes
Typing ms-settings:typing
Network and radios
Airplane mode ms-settings:network-airplanemode
Bluetooth ms-settings:bluetooth
Cellular ms-settings:network-cellular
Data usage ms-settings:datausage
Dialup ms-settings:network-dialup
DirectAccess ms-settings:network-directaccess
Ethernet ms-settings:network-ethernet
Manage Wi-Fi ms-settings:network-wifisettings
Mobile hotspot ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
Proxy ms-settings:network-proxy
Wi-Fi ms-settings:network-wifi
VPN ms-settings:network-vpn
For developers ms-settings:developers
Offline maps ms-settings:maps
Optional features ms-settings:optionalfeatures
Account info ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Calendar ms-settings:privacy-calendar
Camera ms-settings:privacy-webcam
Contacts ms-settings:privacy-contacts
Feedback ms-settings:privacy-feedback
Location ms-settings:privacy-location
Messaging ms-settings:privacy-messaging
Microphone ms-settings:privacy-microphone
Motion ms-settings:privacy-motion
Other devices (privacy) ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Privacy ms-settings:privacy
Radios ms-settings:privacy-radios
Speech, inking, and typing ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
System and user
Connected devices ms-settings:connecteddevices
Family and other users ms-settings:otherusers
Lockscreen ms-settings:lockscreen
Notifications and actions ms-settings:notifications
Proximity ms-settings:proximity
Signin options ms-settings:signinoptions
Storage Sense ms-settings:storagesense
Tablet mode ms-settings://tabletmode/
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate
Work access ms-settings:workplace

Please note that “ms-settings:some-thing” is the Settings’ URI in Windows 10. (URI stands for uniform resource identifier). Microsoft gives each page a unique value, or command, which anyone can use in the Run command or even inside of the Command Prompt to access to a specific page of settings.

While you can pin settings to the Start menu, you cannot have direct access to specific settings from the desktop. But, knowing the URI for each page of Settings, you can easily create shortcuts on the desktop to access your favorite settings.

Microsoft is slowly, but surely, moving away from the Control Panel in favor of the new Settings app that brings a more unified and consistent place to configure classic and advanced settings. Also, because Windows 10 is designed with a single core across devices, the Settings app will work identically on phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops.

Instruction step-by-step to create desktop shortcuts to specific setting page in Windows 10
(images included)

Right-click an empty section of the desktop and select New > Shortcut.

create settings shortcut in windows 10
In the empty text field, paste the URI you have copied and click Next

Type a suitable name for the shortcut and click Finish.

create settings shortcut in windows 10
Click Finish after naming the shortcut

If you want to take things a step further you can assign a keyboard shortcut to speed things up. Right-click an icon you have created and select Properties. On the Web Document tab, press the keyboard shortcut you’d like to use — such as Ctrl + Alt + K — and then click OK.

shortcut keyboard windows 10
Choose your own shortcut keyboard

Quick Tip: On recent builds, Microsoft has removed the pin icon from Settings apps. However, users can continue to pin their favorite settings to Start, by right-clicking the title of a specific page of Settings, and click “Pin to Start“.

Pin Settings to Start in Windows 10
Pin Settings to Start in Windows 10

And there you have it. Now you can access a specific page of settings right from the desktop.

Which settings page would you create a shortcut for? Tell us in the comments below.


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