How to Open, Add, or Remove Quick Settings in Windows 11

Quick Settings allows you to turn on or off system settings with a single click. Here is how to open, add or remove Quick Settings Windows 11.

Though it looks similar to Windows 10, the Taskbar in Windows 11 changed a lot. For one, the Taskbar icons are centered. In addition to that, Microsoft also removed the Taskbar right-click flyout menu. This means you may not be able to open the Task Manager or access system icon settings from the Taskbar itself. That being said, Microsoft also made a lot of welcome improvements to the Notification Center and Quick Settings panel.

For one, both the Notification Center and Quick Settings are no longer in the same panel. They are divided into two separate sections. This reduces the confusion among Windows users. Remember how the Notification Center and Action Center are used interchangeably in Windows 10? That’s no longer the case. Moreover, the new Quick Settings panel is much more user-friendly and looks good too.

With all these changes, for many users, it is unclear how to open the Quick Settings panel and add or remove Quick Settings buttons in Windows 11. The good thing is, it is pretty easy to do.

This quick and straightforward Windows 11 guide lets me show you how to open, add, or remove Quick Settings in Windows 11.

How to open Quick Settings in Windows 11

There are two ways to open the Quick Settings panel in Windows 11. The first one is to use a keyboard shortcut, and the second one is to click on the system icons.

The keyboard shortcut to open the Quick Settings panel in Windows 11 is “Windows key + A.” As soon as you press the shortcut, the Windows 11 Quick Settings will open immediately.

You can also open the Quick Settings panel by clicking the system icons on the Taskbar. Click on the Network icon or Volume icon appearing to the right side of the Taskbar to open the Quick Settings panel. On a touch screen, you have to touch and hold the system icons on the Taskbar. When you try to click on a system icon, you will see that all the system icons act as a single button.

open quick settings in Windows 11

How to add or remove Quick Settings buttons in Windows 11

Like in Windows 10, you can customize the Quick Settings buttons. i.e., you can add or remove buttons as needed.

First, open the Quick Settings panel and click the “Edit” icon at the bottom. This action puts you in the Edit mode.

edit quick settings

To add a button, click the “Add” button in the Quick Settings panel.

add new quick setting

Next, select the button you want to add. Depending on your computer, the available buttons will be different.

select quick setting to add

As soon as you select the button, it is added to the Quick Settings panel. Click the “Done” button to save the changes.

confirm addition

You will see the new button in action immediately.

new quick setting added

To remove a button, go into the Edit mode and click on the “Unpin” icon on top of the button.

remove quick setting

As soon as you click the unpin icon, the button is removed. Click the “Done” button to save the changes.

confirm removal

You can see the changes immediately in the Quick Settings panel.

quick setting removed

That is all. It is that simple to open, add and remove Quick Settings in Windows 11.

I hope that helps.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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