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

SectionPagems-settings command
Systemms-settings:system
Displayms-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
Soundms-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
Notificationsms-settings:notifications
Focus assistms-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 & batteryms-settings:powersleep
Storagems-settings:storagesense
Storage Sense​ms-settings:storagepolicies
Where new content is saved​ms-settings:savelocations
Nearby sharing
Multitaskingms-settings:multitasking
Activationms-settings:activation
Troubleshootms-settings:troubleshoot
Recoveryms-settings:recovery
Projecting to this PCms-settings:project
Remote Desktopms-settings:remotedesktop
Clipboardms-settings:clipboard
Aboutms-settings:about
Bluetooth & devices
Devicesms-settings:bluetooth

ms-settings:connecteddevices

Printers & scannersms-settings:printers
Your Phonems-settings:mobile-devices
Camerasms-settings:camera
Mousems-settings:mousetouchpad
Touchpadms-settings:devices-touchpad
Touchms-settings:devices-touch
Pen & Windows Inkms-settings:pen
AutoPlayms-settings:autoplay
USBms-settings:usb
Network & internetms-settings:network
Wi-Fims-settings:network-wifi
Cellularms-settings:network-cellular
Ethernetms-settings:network-ethernet
VPNms-settings:network-vpn
Mobile hotspotms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
Airplane modems-settings:network-airplanemode
Proxyms-settings:network-proxy
Dial-upms-settings:network-dialup
Advanced network settings
Personalizationms-settings:personalization
Backgroundms-settings:personalization-background
Colorsms-settings:personalization-colors
ms-settings:colors
Themesms-settings:themes
Lock screenms-settings:lockscreen
Touch keyboardms-settings:personalization-touchkeyboard
Startms-settings:personalization-start
Folders​ms-settings:personalization-start-places
Taskbarms-settings:taskbar
Fontsms-settings:fonts
Device usagems-settings:deviceusage
Apps
Apps & featuresms-settings:appsfeatures
Default appsms-settings:defaultapps
Offline mapsms-settings:maps
Download maps​ms-settings:maps-downloadmaps
Optional features
Apps for websitesms-settings:appsforwebsites
Video playbackms-settings:videoplayback
Startupms-settings:startupapps
Accountsms-settings:accounts
Your infoms-settings:yourinfo
Email & accountsms-settings:emailandaccounts
Sign-in optionsms-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 usersms-settings:eek:therusers
Windows Backupms-settings:backup
Access work or schoolms-settings:workplace
Time and language
Date & timems-settings:dateandtime
Language & regionms-settings:regionlanguage
Typingms-settings:typing
Show text suggestions when typing on the physical keyboard​ms-settings:devicestyping-hwkbtextsuggestions
Speechms-settings:speech
Gaming
Xbox Game Barms-settings:gaming-gamebar
Capturesms-settings:gaming-gamedvr
Game Modems-settings:gaming-gamemode
Accessibilityms-settings:easeofaccess
Vision
Text sizems-settings:easeofaccess-display
Visual effectsms-settings:easeofaccess-visualeffects
Mouse pointer and touchms-settings:easeofaccess-mousepointer
Text cursorms-settings:easeofaccess-cursor
Magnifierms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
Color filtersms-settings:easeofaccess-colorfilter
Contrast themesms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Narratorms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Hearing
Audioms-settings:easeofaccess-audio
Captionsms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
Interaction
Speechms-settings:easeofaccess-speechrecognition
Keyboardms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Mousems-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Eye controlms-settings:easeofaccess-eyecontrol
Privacy & securityms-settings:privacy
Security
Windows Securityms-settings:windowsdefender
Find my devicems-settings:findmydevice
Device encryptionms-settings:deviceencryption
For developersms-settings:developers
Windows Permissions
Generalms-settings:privacy
Speechms-settings:privacy-speech
Inking & typing personalizationms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Diagnostics & feedbackms-settings:privacy-feedback
View diagnostic data​ms-settings:privacy-feedback-telemetryviewergroup
Activity historyms-settings:privacy-activityhistory
Search permissionsms-settings:search-permissions
Searching Windowsms-settings:cortana-windowssearch
App permissions
Locationms-settings:privacy-location
Camerams-settings:privacy-webcam
Microphonems-settings:privacy-microphone
Voice activationms-settings:privacy-voiceactivation
Notificationsms-settings:privacy-notifications
Account infoms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Contactsms-settings:privacy-contacts
Calendarms-settings:privacy-calendar
Phone callsms-settings:privacy-phonecalls
Call historyms-settings:privacy-callhistory
Emailms-settings:privacy-email
Tasksms-settings:privacy-tasks
Messagingms-settings:privacy-messaging
Radiosms-settings:privacy-radios
Other devicesms-settings:privacy-customdevices
App diagnosticsms-settings:privacy-appdiagnostics
Automatic file downloadsms-settings:privacy-automaticfiledownloads
Documentsms-settings:privacy-documents
Downloads folderms-settings:privacy-downloadsfolder
Music libraryms-settings:privacy-musiclibrary
Picturesms-settings:privacy-pictures
Videosms-settings:privacy-documents
File systemms-settings:privacy-broadfilesystemaccess
Screenshot borders
Screenshots and apps
Windows Updatems-settings:windowsupdate
Update historyms-settings:windowsupdate-history
Advanced optionsms-settings:windowsupdate-options
Optional updates​ms-settings:windowsupdate-optionalupdates
Windows Insider Programms-settings:windowsinsider
Mixed realityms-settings:holographic
Audio & speechms-settings:holographic-audio
Startup & desktop
Environmentms-settings:privacy-holographic-environment
Headset displayms-settings:holographic-headset
Uninstallms-settings:holographic-management
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Author: The MFTNEXT Team

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