How to Open Settings in Windows 11 Computer

Do you know which is the most frequently used app in the Windows system? It is the Settings app which allows users to set / change the preferences and customize windows settings as per their requirement. Settings app is the major component in the Windows operating system which directs you to almost all the system settings like sound, apps, network, accounts etc. So for beginners, in this article we are going to guide you on how to launch settings app on Windows 11 system in many ways.


Method 1: From Keyboard

To open Settings app

Press Win + I keys together on your keyboard as shown below.

Press Win + I To Open Settings App Win11

Settings app will be launched on your laptop.

Method 2: Via Start Menu

Step 1: Open Start menu

Click on Start button on the taskbar as shown below.

Click Start Button From Taskbar Win11 11zon

Step 2: In the Start menu

Click on Settings button under Pinned apps as shown below.

Click Settings From Start Menu Win11 11zon

This launches Settings app on your system.


Method 3: Using Run Dialog Box

Step 1: To open Run dialog box

Press Win + R keys together on your keyboard.

Step 2: In the Run dialog box

Type ms-settings: and hit Enter key.

Ms Settings Run Box Win11

This will launch the Settings app on your system.

Method 4: From Action Center

Step 1: Open the Action Center

Press Win + A keys together on your keyboard.

Step 2: In the Action center

Click on Settings icon at the bottom right corner as shown in the below image.


Settings From Action Center Win11 11zon


This will open up Settings app in windows laptop.

Method 5: From WinX menu

Step 1: Open WinX menu

Press Win + X keys together on your keyboard.

Step 2: In the WinX menu

Click  Settings from the list.


Settings From Winx Menu Win11 11zon

This will start the Settings app on your laptop

Method 6: Using Command Prompt

Step 1: Open Command Prompt

Press Win + R keys together to open Run box.

Type cmd and hit Enter key.

9 Run Cmd Optimized

Step 2: In the Command prompt

Type start ms-settings: and hit Enter key.

Settings Command From Cmd Win11

This will open Settings app window from command prompt on your laptop.

Method 7: From Windows Search

To open Windows menu, Press Win key on your keyboard and type Settings.

Then, Click on Settings app from the search results as shown below.

Open Settings From Windows Search Win11 11zon

This will open up Settings app window on your system.

Method 8: Through File Explorer

Step 1: Open File Explorer

Press Win + E keys together on your keyboard.

Step 2: In the File Explorer

Type ms-settings: in the address bar and hit Enter key.

Settings App From File Explorer Win11

This way you can launch Settings app on your system


Method 9: Using Task Manager

Step 1: Open Task Manager

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys together on your keyboard.

Open Task Manager From Keyboard Win11

Step 2: In the Task Manager

Go to File and Click on Run new task.

Create New Task From Task Manager

Step 3: In the Create new task window

Type ms-settings: in the Open TextField.

Then, Click OK to open Settings app.

Open Settings From Task Manager

This opens the Settings app window on your laptop.

Method 10: Through Control Panel

Step 1: Open Run Dialog box

Press Win + R keys together on your keyboard.

Step 2: In the Run box

Type control and hit Enter key.

Run Control Panel Min

Step 3: Click on System and Security in control panel

System And Security In Control Panel

Step 4: In the System and Security page

Click on System.

This opens the System settings in the Settings app.

From there you can explore other settings also.

System From System & Security Control Panel Win11 (1)

Method 11: By Pinning to Start / Taskbar

Step 1: Open Start Menu

Press Win key on your keyboard and type settings.

Step 2: Then, Click Pin to Start and Pin to taskbar as shown below.

Settings From Start Pinned To Taskbar Win11 11zon

Step 3: Next, Press Win key to open Start menu

You can observe that Settings icon is present in the Start menu under Pinned Apps and also on the Taskbar.

By Clicking settings icon from pinned apps or taskbar, you can open the Settings app.

Pinned Start And Taskbar Settings Win11 11zon

Method 12: From Desktop

Go to Desktop and Right Click on the Desktop screen.

Then, you can either click Display settings or Personalize from the context menu.

This will take you to the Settings app window from where you can change other settings as well.

Settings From Desktop Win11 11zon

Method 13: Through Windows PowerShell

Step 1: Open Windows PowerShell

Press Win key on your keyboard and type powershell.

Hit Enter key.

Open Powershell Win11 Min

Step 2: In the PowerShell window

Type start ms-settings: and hit Enter key.

This will open up Settings app on your laptop.

Settings From Powershell Win11


Method 14: From Settings app shortcut on Desktop

Step 1: Create Settings app shortcut on desktop

Go to Desktop and right click on it.

Then, Click on New > Shortcut from the context menu.


Desktop Right Click New Shortcut Min


Step 2: In the shortcut window

Type ms-settings: in the location textfield.

Then, Click Next to proceed.

Ms Settings Location Shortcut Win11

Step 3: Then, Give an appropriate name to the shortcut (eg:- Settings shortcut)

Click Finish to create settings app shortcut on Desktop.

Name Settings Shortcut Win11

Step 4: This will create a Settings Shortcut icon on the Desktop as shown below.

Settings Shortcut Icon On Desktop Win11

To open the Settings app, just double click the Shortcut icon and Settings app is opened on your system.

Method 15: From System Tray icon settings

Step 1: Right-Click on any of the System tray icons (eg:- Network , Volume or Battery icon).


System Tray Icon Win11

Step 2: Select settings option from the context menu.

For example, we have right-clicked on the battery icon from system tray on taskbar.

Select the Power and sleep settings from the context menu.

Power And Sleep Settings From System Tray Win11

This will open the Settings app for Power and Sleep settings and from there you can access other settings also.

Method 16: Via Taskbar Settings

Right-Click on Taskbar and select the Taskbar settings from the context menu.

Taskbar Settings Win11 11zon

This will open up Taskbar settings in the Settings app window.

That’s all guys!

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