ms-settings commands in Windows 11 – the full list of URI shortcuts

In this article we will review ms-settings commands in Windows 11. Using this list, you can create a shortcut to any page of the Settings application. Or you can open the desired page directly from the command line, the “Run” dialog, or from File Explorer.

Beginning with Windows 8, Microsoft began methodically transferring most of the options of the classic Control Panel to its modern counterpart, the Windows Settings application. With each release, more and more settings appear in Windows Settings that are absent in the classic Control Panel.

In Windows 11, the Settings app has received a significant visual overhaul. But, in addition to an updated look, Settings also includes new features previously unavailable in Windows 10.

Speaking of design. The home page disappeared, now the settings categories are instantly visible. These categories have received colorful icons. In addition, the right area now displays individual options in a frame. This simplifies their visual perception and search. According to Microsoft, “The new Windows 11 customization app is a huge step forward.”

Directly open ms-settings commands in Windows 11


As you probably already know, each Settings page has its own Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). It works as a command for quickly opening settings pages directly. Each command starts with the ms-settings protocol, followed by the name of the settings page.

For example, the ms-settings:display command opens the Settings immediately on the System > Display page.

How to use ms-settings commands

As I mentioned above, the ms-settings commands allow you to open any Settings page directly, simply by entering the appropriate URI in the Run dialog (Win + R), command line, etc. You can also use this feature to create shortcuts to any of the Parameter pages.

Open any Settings page in Windows 11

  1. Press the Win + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run dialog.
  2. Enter the desired ms-settings command (see table below), for example type ms-settings:colors to open the Personalization> Color.Ms Settings Command In Run Dialog
  3. Alternatively, you can enter such commands in the classic command line (cmd.exe), or PowerShell. In this case add start before ms-settings:, for example start ms-settings:colors.From Powershell

Done! So the ms-settings Windows 11 commands can save you tons of time. Now let’s take a look at how to create a shortcut for some Settings page.

Create a shortcut for a Settings page with ms-settings commands

  1. Right click on the desktop and select New item -> Shortcut.
  2. Select the desired ms-settings command from the table in the next chapter.
  3. In the Object field, enter explorer.exe <ms-settings:command>. For example, explorer.exe ms-settings:colors.Create Settings Page Shortcut with ms-settings
  4. Give the shortcut a meaningful name, and change its icon if you like.

That’s all. Thus, you can create a Settings shortcut in Windows 11 for quick access to any of the Settings page that has the ms-settings command.

The list of ms-settings commands in Windows 11

Finally, let’s take a look at the list of ms-settings Windows 11 commands to open the Settings pages. For your convenience, I made a list organized by the same sections as in the Settings app.
ms-settings Commands In Windows 11

Section Page ms-settings command
System ms-settings:system
Display ms-settings:display
Connect to a wireless display​ ms-settings-connectabledevices:devicediscovery
Night light​ ms-settings:nightlight
Scale​ ms-settings:display-advanced
Graphics​ ms-settings:display-advancedgraphics
Sound ms-settings:sound
All sound devices​ ms-settings:sound-devices
Volume mixer​ ms-settings:apps-volume
Choose your sound defaults for AR/VR experiences​ ms-settings:holographic-audio
Notifications ms-settings:notifications
Focus assist ms-settings:quiethours
During these times​ ms-settings:quietmomentsscheduled
When I’m duplicating my display​ ms-settings:quietmomentspresentation
When I’m playing a game​ ms-settings:quietmomentsgame
Power & battery ms-settings:powersleep
Storage ms-settings:storagesense
Storage Sense​ ms-settings:storagepolicies
Where new content is saved​ ms-settings:savelocations
Nearby sharing
Multitasking ms-settings:multitasking
Activation ms-settings:activation
Troubleshoot ms-settings:troubleshoot
Recovery ms-settings:recovery
Projecting to this PC ms-settings:project
Remote Desktop ms-settings:remotedesktop
Clipboard ms-settings:clipboard
About ms-settings:about
Bluetooth & devices
Devices ms-settings:bluetooth


Printers & scanners ms-settings:printers
Your Phone ms-settings:mobile-devices
Cameras ms-settings:camera
Mouse ms-settings:mousetouchpad
Touchpad ms-settings:devices-touchpad
Touch ms-settings:devices-touch
Pen & Windows Ink ms-settings:pen
AutoPlay ms-settings:autoplay
USB ms-settings:usb
Network & internet ms-settings:network
Wi-Fi ms-settings:network-wifi
Cellular ms-settings:network-cellular
Ethernet ms-settings:network-ethernet
VPN ms-settings:network-vpn
Mobile hotspot ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
Airplane mode ms-settings:network-airplanemode
Proxy ms-settings:network-proxy
Dial-up ms-settings:network-dialup
Advanced network settings
Personalization ms-settings:personalization
Background ms-settings:personalization-background
Colors ms-settings:personalization-colors
Themes ms-settings:themes
Lock screen ms-settings:lockscreen
Touch keyboard ms-settings:personalization-touchkeyboard
Start ms-settings:personalization-start
Folders​ ms-settings:personalization-start-places
Taskbar ms-settings:taskbar
Fonts ms-settings:fonts
Device usage ms-settings:deviceusage
Apps & features ms-settings:appsfeatures
Default apps ms-settings:defaultapps
Offline maps ms-settings:maps
Download maps​ ms-settings:maps-downloadmaps
Optional features
Apps for websites ms-settings:appsforwebsites
Video playback ms-settings:videoplayback
Startup ms-settings:startupapps
Accounts ms-settings:accounts
Your info ms-settings:yourinfo
Email & accounts ms-settings:emailandaccounts
options ms-settings:signinoptions
Windows Hello face setup or improve recognition​ ms-settings:signinoptions-launchfaceenrollment
Windows Hello fingerprint setup​ ms-settings:signinoptions-launchfingerprintenrollment
Manage Security Key​ ms-settings:signinoptions-launchsecuritykeyenrollment
Dynamic Lock​ ms-settings:signinoptions-dynamiclock
Family & other users ms-settings:eek:therusers
Windows Backup ms-settings:backup
Access work or school ms-settings:workplace
Time and language
Date & time ms-settings:dateandtime
Language & region ms-settings:regionlanguage
Typing ms-settings:typing
Show text suggestions when typing on the physical keyboard​ ms-settings:devicestyping-hwkbtextsuggestions
Speech ms-settings:speech
Xbox Game Bar ms-settings:gaming-gamebar
Captures ms-settings:gaming-gamedvr
Game Mode ms-settings:gaming-gamemode
Accessibility ms-settings:easeofaccess
Text size ms-settings:easeofaccess-display
Visual effects ms-settings:easeofaccess-visualeffects
Mouse pointer and touch ms-settings:easeofaccess-mousepointer
Text cursor ms-settings:easeofaccess-cursor
Magnifier ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
Color filters ms-settings:easeofaccess-colorfilter
Contrast themes ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Narrator ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Audio ms-settings:easeofaccess-audio
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-eyecontrol
Privacy & security ms-settings:privacy
Windows Security ms-settings:windowsdefender
Find my device ms-settings:findmydevice
Device encryption ms-settings:deviceencryption
For developers ms-settings:developers
Windows Permissions
General ms-settings:privacy
Speech ms-settings:privacy-speech
Inking & typing personalization ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Diagnostics & feedback ms-settings:privacy-feedback
View diagnostic data​ ms-settings:privacy-feedback-telemetryviewergroup
Activity history ms-settings:privacy-activityhistory
Search permissions ms-settings:search-permissions
Searching Windows ms-settings:cortana-windowssearch
App permissions
Location ms-settings:privacy-location
Camera ms-settings:privacy-webcam
Microphone ms-settings:privacy-microphone
Voice activation ms-settings:privacy-voiceactivation
Notifications ms-settings:privacy-notifications
Account info ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Contacts ms-settings:privacy-contacts
Calendar ms-settings:privacy-calendar
Phone calls ms-settings:privacy-phonecalls
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
App diagnostics ms-settings:privacy-appdiagnostics
Automatic file downloads ms-settings:privacy-automaticfiledownloads
Documents ms-settings:privacy-documents
Downloads folder ms-settings:privacy-downloadsfolder
Music library ms-settings:privacy-musiclibrary
Pictures ms-settings:privacy-pictures
Videos ms-settings:privacy-documents
File system ms-settings:privacy-broadfilesystemaccess
Screenshot borders
Screenshots and apps
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate
Update history ms-settings:windowsupdate-history
Advanced options ms-settings:windowsupdate-options
Optional updates​ ms-settings:windowsupdate-optionalupdates
Windows Insider Program ms-settings:windowsinsider
Mixed reality ms-settings:holographic
Audio & speech ms-settings:holographic-audio
Startup & desktop
Environment ms-settings:privacy-holographic-environment
Headset display ms-settings:holographic-headset
Uninstall ms-settings:holographic-management
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Author: The MFTNEXT Team

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