How to open settings in Windows 11 (12 ways)

This tutorial will show you step by step how to open settings in Windows 11 in 12 different ways.

How to open Windows 11 settings with keyboard

1. Press the Windows + I keys on your computer's keyboard simultaneously.

How to open Windows 11 settings with keyboard

The Settings app will open immediately

How to open Windows 11 settings using the WinX menu

1. Press the Windows + X keys on your computer's keyboard simultaneously or right-click on the Windows start menu button.

2. Click on Settings.

Open Windows 11 settings with WinX menu

How to open Windows 11 settings from the start menu

1. Click on the Windows start menu button or press the Windows key on your computer's keyboard.

2. Click on Settings.

Open Windows 11 settings from the start menu

How to open Windows 11 settings from the start menu all apps list

1. Click on the Windows start menu button or press the Windows key on your computer's keyboard.

2. Click on All apps located in the upper right corner of the start menu.

Windows start menu all apps list

3. Scroll down to the letter S.

4. Click on Settings.

Open Windows 11 settings from the start menu all apps list

1. Click on the Windows start menu button or search icon or press the Windows + S keys on your PC's keyboard.

Windows start menu button and search icon

2. Type settings.

3. Click on Settings when it appears in the search results.

Open Windows 11 settings using search

How to open Windows 11 settings using Run

1. Press the Windows + R keys on your computer's keyboard simultaneously to open a “Run” window.

Open Windows 11 Run

2. Type ms-settings: in the “Run” window.

3. Click on the OK button or press the Enter key on your keyboard.

Open Windows 11 settings using Run

How to open Windows 11 settings from Command Prompt (CMD) or Terminal

1. Open a Command Prompt or Terminal window. One way to do this is to press the Windows + X keys on your computer's keyboard simultaneously or right-click on the Windows start menu button and then click on Terminal.

Open Windows 11 Terminal

You can also click on the Windows start menu button or search icon > type cmd > click on Command Prompt when it appears in the search results.

2. In the Terminal or Command Prompt window, you type (or copy and paste) the following command:

start ms-settings:

3. Press the Enter key on your keyboard.

Open Windows 11 settings from Command Prompt or Terminal

How to open Windows 11 settings from Task Manager

1. Open Windows Task Manager by pressing the Ctrl + Shift + Escape (Esc) keys on your computer's keyboard simultaneously.

You can also right-click on the Windows start menu button (or press the Windows + X keys) and then click on Task Manager.

Or you press the Windows + R keys on your keyboard simultaneously > enter taskmgr > click OK or press the Enter key on your keyboard to open Task Manager.

2. If the “User Account Control” window appears, you click Yes. Note: Depending on your settings, you might need to enter your administrator password first and then click Yes.

3. Click on Run new task.

4. In the “Create new task” window, you type ms-settings:.

5. Click on the OK button.

Open Windows 11 settings from Task Manager

How to open Windows 11 settings from the desktop's contextual menu

1. Right-click on the desktop.

2. In the contextual menu that appears, you click on Display settings or Personalize.

Open Windows 11 settings from the desktop's contextual menu

While this opens the display or personalization settings, the left menu in the settings window lets you quickly navigate to the settings you need.

How to open Windows 11 settings from the taskbar's contextual menu

1. Right-click on the taskbar.

2. Click on Taskbar settings.

Open Windows 11 settings from the taskbar's contextual menu

While this opens the taskbar settings, the left menu in the settings window lets you quickly navigate to the settings you need.

How to open Windows 11 settings using system tray icons

1. Click on the network or sound or battery icon in the system tray.

2. In the menu that appears, you click on the settings icon.

Open Windows 11 settings using system tray icons

How to open Windows 11 settings using File Explorer

1. Open File Explorer.

Windows 11 File Explorer

You can also open File Explorer by pressing the Windows + E keys on your keyboard simultaneously.

2. Click on File Explorer's address bar.

3. Type ms-settings: in the address bar.

Open Windows 11 settings using File Explorer

4. Press the Enter key.


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References:

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-open-settings-app-windows-11

https://www.digitalcitizen.life/open-settings-windows-11/