Multiple ways to open Windows 10 Settings

Windows 10 has a modern Control Panel Settings which can be accessed only using the shortcut Windows + I, followed by settings option. It is a pretty version of the control panel which is more readable, but still has tons of options including Reset, Wallpaper Changer, etc. In this post, I will share multiple ways to open Windows 10 Settings. The drawback here is that there is no way to create a shortcut of any of the items listed inside the Settings.

Multiple ways to open Windows 10 Settings

Here I am going to show how you can open settings in multiple ways, and also open settings which are listed inside it.

  1. Use the Start Search
  2. Shortcut for Modern PC Settings
  3. Pin Settings to Taskbar
  4. Canonical Names for Deep seated Windows Control Panel items

Make sure to create a restore point before you use the Canonical Names method.

1] Use the Start Search

This is best for any kind of query. All you need is type in what you are looking for and choose settings filter in the search result. This will then guide you to the modern PC settings. You might have to look a bit after that if there are too many options.

As an example, if you search for Reset, You will get a list of settings that will give you quick access to the new PC settings.

Windows 10 Search Settings

2] Shortcut for Modern PC Settings

Ciprian Adrian Rusen has created a custom script which can launch the new PC settings.  Once you download it, keep it in a place where you will not forget and then drag a copy on your desktop. To download it go here, and scroll down a bit and look for a link which says

PC Settings Shortcut

You can create a shortcut to desktop, and use it when you want.

3] Pin Settings to Taskbar to instantly open it

Pin Settings to Taskbar

If your taskbar is not cluttered, I would suggest pinning the Settings to the taskbar.

  • Click on the Windows Key and then right click on the Settings.
  • Select Pin to Taskbar.

The only drawback is that you dont get a list of recently accessed settings when you right click on it.

4] Canonical Names for Deep seated Windows Control Panel items :

Apart from this, it is also possible to access some of the deep-seated menus in the traditional control panel using the control panel.  A complete list can be found here.

Look for options which say, Windows 7 and Later. e.g Type the following in your run prompt and hit enter. explorer.exe shell:::{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. You can create a shortcut for each of them, and keep it on the desktop to open them directly.

Multiple ways to open Windows 10 Settings

You may also use the infamous God Mode of Windows 7 to get access to a complete list of control panel items in one view and then make use of search to find what you want to launch.

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