Multiple ways to open Windows 11/10 Settings

Windows 11/10 has a modern Control Panel Settings, which can be accessed only using the shortcut Windows + I, followed by the settings option. It is a pretty version of the control panel that is more readable but still has many options, including Reset, Wallpaper Changer, etc. I will share multiple ways to open Windows 11/10 Settings in this post. The drawback is that there is no way to create a shortcut for any items listed inside the Settings.

Multiple ways to open Windows 10 Settings

Here I will show how you can open settings in multiple ways and also open settings listed inside.

  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

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

For 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 to launch the new PC settings. Once you download it, please keep it in a place where you will not forget it, and then drag a copy on your desktop. To download it, scroll down a bit and look for a link that says PC_Settings.zip.

PC Settings Shortcut

You can create a shortcut to the 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 don’t get a list of recently accessed settings when you right-click it.

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

It is also possible to access deep-seated menus in the traditional control panel. A complete list can be found here.

Look for options that 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 access a complete list of control panel items in one view and then search to find what you want to launch.

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