General Open Settings in Windows 11

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This tutorial will show you different ways to open the Settings app in Windows 11.

Microsoft designed Settings to be beautiful, easy to use and inclusive of all your Microsoft experiences in Windows 11. Settings has left-handed navigation that persists between pages, and Microsoft has added breadcrumbs as you navigate deeper into Settings to help you know where you are and not lose your place. Settings pages are also all new, with new hero controls at the top that highlight key information and frequently used settings for you to adjust as you need. These new hero controls span across several category pages like System, Bluetooth & devices, Network & Internet, Personalization, Accounts, and Windows Update. Microsoft also have added expandable boxes for pages with a lot of settings.


Starting with Windows 11 build 23493 (Dev), Microsoft is introducing a new homepage in Settings that offers you a dynamic and personalized experience. It provides an overview of your device, quick access to key settings, and helps manage your Microsoft account.


EXAMPLE: Settings in Windows 11


Option One

Open Settings with Keyboard Shortcut

1 Press the Win + i keys.

Option Two

Open Settings from Win+X Quick Link Menu

1 Open the Win+X Quick Link menu, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)


Option Three

Open Settings from Quick Settings

1 Open Quick Settings (Win+A).

2 Click/tap on the All settings[/URL] (gear) button. (see screenshot below)


Option Four

Open Settings from Start Menu

1 Open the Start menu.

2 Click/tap on the Settings icon in All apps. (see screenshot below)


Option Five

Open Settings from Search

1 Open Search (Win+S).

2 Type Settings into the search box. (see screenshot below)

3 Click/tap on Settings in the search results, or click/tap on Open if Settings is selected.


Option Six

Open Settings from Run

1 Open Run (Win+R).

2 Type ms-settings: into Run, and click/tap on OK or press Enter. (see screenshot below)


Option Seven

Open Settings from Command Prompt

1 Open Windows Terminal.

2 Copy and paste ms-settings: into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)


Option Eight

Open Settings from Command Prompt

1 Open a command prompt.

2 Copy and paste ms-settings: into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)


Option Nine

Open Settings from PowerShell

1 Open PowerShell.

2 Copy and paste ms-settings: into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)


That's it,
Shawn Brink

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