How To Create Desktop Shortcuts For Windows 10 System Settings

The familiar Control Panel settings have been clubbed together in Windows 10 as Settings (keyboard shortcut : Windows key + I).  (A list of useful Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts can be found here.)

These settings can be accessed quickly if needed. To do this, open Run box (Windows key + R) and enter the shortcut path.

windows 10 Run box

There is an easier way too, simply create desktop shortcuts for all these system settings and not having to remember the commands every time.

A list of most common Windows 10 settings shortcuts with their functions are compiled below :



ms-settings:windowsupdate Windows Update settings
ms-settings:about Displays system info
ms-settings:windowsdefender Windows Defender settings
ms-settings:connecteddevices Settings for connected devices
ms-settings:personalization Changing background, wallpapers, themes etc
ms-settings:notifications Notification settings
ms-settings:batterysaver Battery saver settings
ms-settings:recovery Windows Recovery related settings
ms-settings:defaultapps For managing default apps or changing them
ms-settings:network Network settings (ethernet, wi-fi, VPN)
ms-settings:bluetooth Bluetooth and other devices settings
ms-settings:printers Printer settings


So to create any of these shortcuts, right click and choose New > Shortcut.


creating a new shortcut in Windows 10So to make a shortcut to Windows Update, point the shortcut path to ms-settings:windowsupdate .

windows 10 settings shortcut path

Hit Next and rename the shortcut as something identifiable.

naming windows 10 setting shortcuts

Click Finish to save the changes.

From now on, Windows Update settings (or any of the other system settings) can be directly accessed from the desktop.

windows 10 settings shortcuts on desktop


All done.

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