The Settings app menu of Microsoft Windows 10 contains dozens of configuration screens that allow users to make changes to how the operating system works. Under normal circumstances, navigating through the labyrinth of menus is efficient enough for the occasional configuration change, but there is another way.

By combining the run dialog box and a specific set of commands known as Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI), users can skip a multitude of menu selections and corresponding mouse clicks to reach their configuration setting destination practically instantantly. The key is knowing the right Settings URI.

This how-to tutorial shows you how to combine the run dialog box and a list of available URIs to jump to specific configuration screens in Windows 10.

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Use URI commands to quickly locate settings pages in Windows 10

The Settings app in Windows 10 is laid out as a series of categories and sections. Using the menu interface, users drill down until they find the page that contains the settings they are looking to change. Using the right URI, a user can skip the menu system completely and jump directly to the setting for which they are looking.

Note, for this example we are using the run dialog box, but the URI commands can also be entered into a command prompt or even the address bar, if it is active on your Windows 10 desktop.

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To open the Settings main page, for example, press the keyboard combination Windows key + R to open the run dialog box and enter this URI: “ms-settings:” Ignore the quotes, as shown in Figure A.

Figure A

Pressing the Enter or clicking OK, will open the main Settings screen shown in Figure B.

Figure B

The URI “ms-settings:” is the root for all the other setting URIs. Delving deeper into Settings will require the entry of a category and a section. For example, “ms-settings:printers will open the Printer configuration screen, as shown in Figure C.

Figure C

Table A provides a complete list of Windows 10 Settings URIs you can use as a reference. If you find yourself tweaking a specific setting over and over, it might save you some precious time to remember how to get to that particular configuration screen quickly, without wading through menus.

Table A

Settings page Commands
Settings main page ms-settings:
Display ms-settings:display
Display -> Night light settings ms-settings:nightlight
Sound ms-settings:sound
Notifications & actions ms-settings:notifications
Focus assist ms-settings:quiethours
Power & sleep ms-settings:powersleep
Battery ms-settings:batterysaver
Battery -> Battery usage by app ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
Battery -> Battery saver settings ms-settings:batterysaver-settings
Storage ms-settings:storagesense
Storage -> Change where new content is saved ms-settings:savelocations
Storage -> Change how we free up space ms-settings:storagepolicies
Tablet mode ms-settings:tabletmode
Multitasking ms-settings:multitasking
Projecting to this PC ms-settings:project
Shared experiences ms-settings:crossdevice
Clipboard ms-settings:clipboard
Remote Desktop ms-settings:remotedesktop
About ms-settings:about
Bluetooth & other devices ms-settings:bluetooth
Printers & scanners ms-settings:printers
Mouse ms-settings:mousetouchpad
Touchpad ms-settings:devices-touchpad
Typing ms-settings:typing
Pen & Windows Ink ms-settings:pen
AutoPlay ms-settings:autoplay
USB ms-settings:usb
Phone ms-settings:mobile-devices
Network & internet
Status ms-settings:network-status
Cellular & SIM ms-settings:network-cellular
Wi-Fi ms-settings:network-wifi
Wi-Fi -> Manage known networks ms-settings:network-wifisettings
Wi-Fi calling ms-settings:network-wificalling
Ethernet ms-settings:network-ethernet
Dial-up ms-settings:network-dialup
VPN ms-settings:network-vpn
Airplane mode ms-settings:network-airplanemode
Mobile hotspot ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
Data usage ms-settings:datausage
Proxy ms-settings:network-proxy
Background ms-settings:personalization-background
Colors ms-settings:colors
Lock screen ms-settings:lockscreen
Themes ms-settings:themes
Fonts ms-settings:fonts
Start ms-settings:personalization-start
Taskbar ms-settings:taskbar
Apps & features ms-settings:appsfeatures
Apps & features -> Manage optional features ms-settings:optionalfeatures
Default apps ms-settings:defaultapps
Offline maps ms-settings:maps
Apps for websites ms-settings:appsforwebsites
Video playback ms-settings:videoplayback
Startup ms-settings:startupapps
Your info ms-settings:yourinfo
Email & app accounts ms-settings:emailandaccounts
options ms-settings:signinoptions
Access work or school ms-settings:workplace
Family & other people ms-settings:otherusers
Sync your settings ms-settings:sync
Time & language
Date & time ms-settings:dateandtime
Region & language ms-settings:regionlanguage
Speech ms-settings:speech
Game bar ms-settings:gaming-gamebar
Game DVR ms-settings:gaming-gamedvr
Broadcasting ms-settings:gaming-broadcasting
Game Mode ms-settings:gaming-gamemode
TruePlay ms-settings:gaming-trueplay
Xbox networking ms-settings:gaming-xboxnetworking
Ease of Access
Display ms-settings:easeofaccess-display
Magnifier ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
Color filters ms-settings:easeofaccess-colorfilter
High contrast ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Narrator ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Audio ms-settings:easeofaccess-audio
Closed captions ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
Speech ms-settings:easeofaccess-speechrecognition
Keyboard ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Mouse ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Eye control ms-settings:easeofaccess-eyegaze
Other options ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
Talk to Cortana ms-settings:cortana
Permissions & history ms-settings:cortana-permissions
Notifications ms-settings:cortana-notifications
More details ms-settings:cortana-moredetails
General ms-settings:privacy-general
Speech, inking, & typing ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Diagnostics & feedback ms-settings:privacy-feedback
Activity History ms-settings:privacy-activityhistory
Location ms-settings:privacy-location
Camera ms-settings:privacy-webcam
Microphone ms-settings:privacy-microphone
Notifications ms-settings:privacy-notifications
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
Tasks ms-settings:privacy-tasks
Messaging ms-settings:privacy-messaging
Radios ms-settings:privacy-radios
Other devices ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Background apps ms-settings:privacy-backgroundapps
App diagnostics ms-settings:privacy-appdiagnostics
Automatic file downloads ms-settings:privacy-automaticfiledownloads
Documents ms-settings:privacy-documents
Pictures ms-settings:privacy-pictures
Videos ms-settings:privacy-videos
File system ms-settings:privacy-broadfilesystemaccess
Update & security
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate
Windows Update -> Check for updates ms-settings:windowsupdate-action
Windows Update -> Update history ms-settings:windowsupdate-history
Windows Update -> Restart options ms-settings:windowsupdate-restartoptions
Windows Update -> Advanced options ms-settings:windowsupdate-options
Windows Security / Defender ms-settings:windowsdefender
Backup ms-settings:backup
Troubleshoot ms-settings:troubleshoot
Recovery ms-settings:recovery
Activation ms-settings:activation
Find My Device ms-settings:findmydevice
For developers ms-settings:developers
Windows Insider Program ms-settings:windowsinsider
Mixed reality
Audio and speech ms-settings:holographic-audio

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