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.”
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
- Press the
Win + Rkeyboard shortcut to open the Run dialog.
- Enter the desired ms-settings command (see table below), for example type
ms-settings:colorsto open the Personalization> Color.
- Alternatively, you can enter such commands in the classic command line (cmd.exe), or PowerShell. In this case add
ms-settings:, for example
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
- Right click on the desktop and select New item -> Shortcut.
- Select the desired ms-settings command from the table in the next chapter.
- In the Object field, enter
explorer.exe <ms-settings:command>. For example,
- 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.
|Connect to a wireless display|
|All sound devices|
|Choose your sound defaults for AR/VR experiences|
|During these times|
|When I’m duplicating my display|
|When I’m playing a game|
|Power & battery|
|Where new content is saved|
|Projecting to this PC|
|Bluetooth & devices|
|Printers & scanners|
|Pen & Windows Ink|
|Network & internet|
|Advanced network settings|
|Apps & features|
|Apps for websites|
|Email & accounts|
|Windows Hello face setup or improve recognition|
|Windows Hello fingerprint setup|
|Manage Security Key|
|Family & other users|
|Access work or school|
|Time and language|
|Date & time|
|Language & region|
|Show text suggestions when typing on the physical keyboard|
|Xbox Game Bar|
|Mouse pointer and touch|
|Privacy & security|
|Find my device|
|Inking & typing personalization|
|Diagnostics & feedback|
|View diagnostic data|
|Automatic file downloads|
|Screenshots and apps|
|Windows Insider Program|
|Audio & speech|
|Startup & desktop|