The Windows 11 Settings app allows you to customize the look and feel of your Windows OS besides helping you to fix a lot of Windows 11 errors and issues. Be it uninstalling Teams from Windows 11, changing the account name, speeding up Windows 11, disabling startup programs, or deleting temp files, every single problem can be directly solved by accessing Windows Settings app.
The Settings app in Windows 11 is substantially rebuilt from Windows 10. Once you start exploring, you can find many new settings on your PC or laptop installed with Windows 11 OS. But for that, you have to learn how you can access Windows 11 Settings in various ways possible.
In this article, we are going to share some unknown ways to open Windows 11 settings. So let’s get started with a Keyboard shortcut for Windows 11 settings!
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1. Open the Windows 11 Settings with a keyboard shortcut
You can quickly open and access Windows 11 Settings using the keyboard shortcut.
To open Windows 11 Settings, simply press Windows + I button on your keyboard.
2. Open Settings with WinX menu
Microsoft has added a new quick settings menu to access useful options like settings, file explorer, power options, and more. You can access this WinX menu with the Windows + X shortcut on your keyboard.
First press the Windows + X button on your keyboard and then select Settings from the list to access Windows 11 Settings. Or you can simply press Windows + N to open Windows 11 Settings.
3. Use the Start Menu shortcut
The start menu is now completely redesigned in Windows 11. There is a new UI and new options available in Windows 11 start menu. You can access settings from Windows 11 start menu.
Open Windows 11 start menu with the Windows key on your keyboard and then find the Settings icon. Click on the Settings icon to open it.
4. Use Apps List to open Settings in Windows 11
Step 1: Open the Windows start menu with the Windows key on your keyboard.
Step 2: Then find and click on the All Apps button on the right side.
Step 3: In the Apps list, find the settings app and click on it to access Windows 11 settings. If you can’t find settings then press the S letter to find the settings page.
5. Use Windows Search to access Settings
Windows 11 comes with Windows search too just like Windows 10. You can use Windows 11 search menu to find any app or file.
Step 1: Press the Windows + S button on your keyboard to open Windows 11 search.
You can open the start menu with the Windows button and then start typing to access the Windows search.
Step 2: Search for Settings and open it.
6. Open Settings with Windows 11 taskbar
If you are using the Windows settings menu frequently then it is a good idea to make a shortcut in the taskbar.
Like any other app, you can pin the settings app in the taskbar using the pin to taskbar option. Here is how to pin the settings menu in the taskbar.
Step 1: Open the Windows start menu with the Windows button on your keyboard and then find the settings app.
Step 2: Right-click on the settings app and choose the “Pin to Taskbar” option.
Now you will see a Settings icon in the taskbar. You can click on it to access Windows settings directly.
You can also do this using the App Apps section.
Open the start menu using the Windows button on your keyboard > then click on the App apps button to list all the apps.
Then press the S button on your keyboard and then find settings,
Right-click on Settings and choose Pin to taskbar.
7. Create a Settings shortcut on the Desktop
If you want, you can create a shortcut for the Settings app and then open Windows 11 settings directly from your desktop. To do this, follow these steps:
Step 1: Firstly, right-click on your desktop and then choose New from the list.
Step 2: Then select Shortcut from the sub-menu.
Step 3: Now you have to enter the path of the setting app to make its shortcut. For that, type this command in the text bar ms-settings: and then select next.
Step 4: Enter a name for your new shortcut. You can name it as Settings or anything else, but at the end Settings name should make sense.
Step 5: Finally click on finish to create a settings shortcut.
Double click on the settings icon to open Windows 11 Settings.
8. Open Settings in Windows 11 using Run
Just like other Windows apps like CMD or control panel, you can also open Settings with the Windows RUN command tool. For this, follow these steps:
Step 1: Open the Windows Run command box with the Windows + R button on your keyboard.
Step 2: In the Run command box, type this command ms-settings: and press Enter.
This is a very simple way to access the settings menu.
9. Access Windows Settings using CMD, PowerShell
If you know, Windows OS comes with a terminal tool called Command Prompt, where you can run commands to change Windows settings.
Here’s how to open CMD and access settings.
Step 1: Open the Windows start menu with the Windows button on your keyboard and then search for CMD.
Step 2: Select run as administrator from the right-hand side of your screen.
Step 3: In the command prompt window, type this command ms-settings: and press enter.
This command will open the settings app.
10. Open it using the Quick Settings menu
You can also open the settings menu using the quick settings menu.
Step 1: Press Windows + A button on your keyboard to open the quick settings menu.
Step 2: Select All Settings from the list to open the settings menu.
Alternatively, you can click on the small icon besides date in the taskbar to access quick settings and then click on all settings.
11. How to open Settings on Windows 11 using File Explorer
You can also open Windows 11 settings using file manager. Here is how:
Step 1: Press the Windows + E button on your keyboard to open the file manager.
Step 2: In the navigation bar, type this command ms-settings: and press Enter on your keyboard.
This will directly open Windows 11 settings.
12. Open Windows 11 Settings using Task Manager
Yes, you can use task manager to open the Settings menu too in Windows 11. Here is how:
Step 1: Open Windows task manager with CTRL + SHIFT + ESC key on your keyboard.
Step 2: When the task manager launches, find the option called file in the top bar. Click on it.
Step 3: Click on the Run new task button from the list.
Step 4: In the new task window, type this command ms-settings: and press Enter.
Step 5: You can also click on the OK button to open the Windows settings menu.us your answers in the comments.
Wasn’t That Easy to Access Windows 11 Settings?
I’ve mostly covered the best possible ways to access the Windows settings app. I hope you will not have any troubles accessing the Settings app on your Windows 11 installed PC or laptop. Keep an eye on our Windows category for more useful guides on Windows 11.