Want to open a specific settings page in Windows 10 quickly? Here is how to create a desktop shortcut for a specific settings in Windows 10.
Whether you like it or not, Microsoft is ditching Control Panel for the Settings app. One of the main reasons is the need to include modern options while consolidating the old options. In addition to that, the Settings app fulfills the requirement for being touch-friendly while not ignoring the keyboard and mouse inputs. Of course, the whole transition is not yet complete and may take years to come.
For the most part, options in the Settings app are organized pretty logically. As such, opening a specific settings page and finding the option you are looking for is nothing complicated. However, some options are buried deep. If you are only accessing them occasionally, it is not that big of a deal. On the other hand, if there is a specific settings page that you open daily, constantly opening the settings app and navigating to that page can be a pain in the back.
For example, I open the Bluetooth devices page in the Settings app multiple times a day. In these kinds of cases, creating a desktop shortcut for that specific settings page is very helpful. In my case, I made a desktop shortcut for the Bluetooth Devices page in the Settings app. You can do the same thing for almost every settings page in the Settings app.
So, if you want to open a settings page quickly, creating a dedicated desktop is the way to go. If needed, you can pin the shortcut to the taskbar too.
Without further ado, let me show you the steps to create a desktop shortcut for a specific setting in Windows 10.
Create desktop shortcut for a specific settings page
To create a custom desktop shortcut for a specific setting, we need the App URI commands. Almost every settings page has its own URI. You can think of the URI as a specific command to open a specific settings page. Once we have the URI, you can create the desktop shortcut normally. You will find the command list for various settings below. Find the one you want to use and follow the steps given below.
- Right-click on the desktop.
- Select the “New -> Shortcut” option.
- Type the settings page command (see below).
- Click “Next.”
- Type a name of your choice.
- Click the “Finish” button.
- With that, you have created a desktop shortcut for settings.
First, go to the desktop. You can do that by minimizing all the applications or pressing the “Windows key + I” shortcut. On the desktop, right-click and select the “New -> Shortcut” option.
In the shortcut window, type the command of the settings page you wish to open and click the “Next” button. You will find all the available commands below. For example, I want to open the “Bluetooth and devices” page in the Settings app. So, I typed “ms-settings:bluetooth.”
Now, type a name for the shortcut and click the “Finish” button. You can name the shortcut anything you want. I recommend you name it something that is easily recognizable so that you don’t get confused.
That is it. With that, you have created a desktop shortcut for a specific setting in Windows 10. Just double-click on the shortcut and the relevant settings page will be opened immediately.
Setting page commands to use in shortcuts
These are the commands you should use when creating desktop shortcut for specific settings pages.
- Themes: ms-settings:themes
- Motion: ms-settings:privacy-motion
- Battery Saver: ms-settings:batterysaver-settings
- Start: ms-settings:personalization-start
- Dial-up: ms-settings:network-dialup
- Tablet mode: ms-settings://tabletmode/
- Speech: ms-settings:speech
- Airplane mode: ms-settings:network-airplanemode
- Contacts: ms-settings:privacy-contacts
- Date and Time: ms-settings:dateandtime
- Closed Captioning: ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
- Speech, inking, & typing: ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
- Backgrounds: ms-settings:personalization-background
- Personalization: ms-settings:personalization
- Storage Sense: ms-settings:storagesense
- Proxy: ms-settings:network-proxy
- Messaging: ms-settings:privacy-messaging
- VPN: ms-settings:network-vpn
- Other options & Ease of Access: ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
- DirectAccess: ms-settings:network-directaccess
- Mouse: ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
- Ethernet: ms-settings:network-ethernet
- Region & language: ms-settings:regionlanguage
- Offline maps: ms-settings:maps
- Lockscreen: ms-settings:lockscreen
- Mouse & touchpad: ms-settings:mousetouchpad
- Bluetooth: ms-settings:bluetooth
- Work access: ms-settings:workplace
- Keyboard: ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
- Microphone: ms-settings:privacy-microphone
- Display: ms-settings:screenrotation
- Sign-in options: ms-settings:signinoptions
- Connected devices: ms-settings:connecteddevices
- Radios: ms-settings:privacy-radios
- Other Devices: ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
- Optional features: ms-settings:optionalfeatures
- Mobile hotspot: ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
- Cellular: ms-settings:network-cellular
- Narrator: ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
- High Contrast: ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
- Data Usage: ms-settings:datausage
- Magnifier: ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
- Privacy: ms-settings:privacy
- Proximity: ms-settings:proximity
- For developers: ms-settings:developers
- Typing: ms-settings:typing
- Family & other users: ms-settings:otherusers
- Power & Sleep: ms-settings:powersleep
- Wi-Fi: ms-settings:network-wifi
- Calendar: ms-settings:privacy-calendar
- Manage Wi-Fi Settings: ms-settings:network-wifisettings
- Camera: ms-settings:privacy-webcam
- Colors: ms-settings:personalization-colors
- Windows Update: ms-settings:windowsupdate
- Notifications & actions: ms-settings:notifications
- Location: ms-settings:privacy-location
- Battery Saver: ms-settings:batterysaver
- Account info: ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
- Display: ms-settings:display
- Battery Saver Settings: ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
- Feedback: ms-settings:privacy-feedback
That is all. It is that simple to create desktop shortcut for specific settings in Windows 10.
I hope that helps.
If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.