How to open Settings app on Windows 11 (seven easy ways)

Here's a list of the most common ways to open the Settings app on Windows 11.

Windows 11 open Settings app

On Windows 11, you can open the Settings app in more than one way, and each method is quicker than the other, and in this guide, we’ll show you how.

Windows 11 has the Settings app, which is an application that is constantly evolving that allows you to control and customize virtually everything in the operating system. You can change the look and feel of the desktop, enable and disable features, customize settings, install updates or upgrade to a new version of Windows 11, and a lot more. 

However, the Settings app is only useful if you know how to get to it. Fortunately, Windows 11 makes it super easy since there are many entry points to open the app.

This guide will show you virtually every way to open the Settings app on Windows 11.

Open Settings app on Windows 11

On Windows 11, you have many ways to open the Settings app, depending on where you are in the system.

1. Open Settings from keyboad shortcut 

The quickest way to open the Settings app is by using the “Windows key + i” keyboard shortcut.

Windows key + I to open Settings
Windows key + I to open Settings

2. Open Settings from Quick Link menu

Another easy way to open the Settings app is to right-click the Start button to open the “Quick Link” menu and select the Settings option.

Start button menu to open Settings
Start button menu to open Settings

3. Open Settings from Start menu 

To open the Settings app, open Start and select the Settings icon from the “Pinned” section to open the app.

Start menu pinned section open Settings
Start menu pinned section open Settings

If the option is not present, click the All apps button in the Start menu, scroll down to the “S” section, and select the Settings option.

Start All Apps open Settings
Start All Apps open Settings

You can also add quick access to the Settings app next to the power button.

4. Open Settings from Search

You can also open the Settings app from Windows Search by clicking the Search button in the Taskbar or using the “Windows key + S” keyboard shortcut and then searching for Settings and selecting the top result.

Windows Search open Settings app
Windows Search open Settings app

5. Open Settings from Taskbar 

If you want to use the Taskbar, you have several entry points to open the Settings app. You can right-click the Taskbar and select the “Taskbar settings” option, which opens a specific page in Settings, but it’s still a quick way to access the application.

Taskbar context menu open Settings app
Taskbar context menu open Settings app

You can use the “Windows key + A” keyboard shortcut to open the “Quick Settings” flyout and click the Settings (gear) button to open the app.

Quick Settings open Settings app
Quick Settings open Settings app

You can also right-click the “clock” or “network” icons in the System Tray to access specific pages on the Settings app.

Taskbar clock context menu
Taskbar clock context menu

Or you can pin the Settings icon to the Taskbar. You can do this by opening the Start menu, right-clicking the Settings icon, and choosing the “Pin to taskbar” option.

Taskbar pin Settings app
Taskbar pin Settings app

6. Open Settings from Run command 

If you are in the Run command (Windows key + R shortcut), you can also open the Settings app using the ms-settings: command and click the OK button.

Run command ms-settings:
Run command ms-settings:

The “ms-settings:” is a special system command that you can also use to open specific pages in the Settings app. For example, you can use the “ms-settings:signinoptions” to open the “Sign in options” page or the “ms-settings:windowsupdate” to open the “Windows Update” page. The “ms-settings:” command uses a URI scheme to access virtually any page on the Settings app.

7. Open Settings from Desktop 

Alternatively, it’s also possible to open the Settings app from the right-click desktop context menu since you will have access to the “Display” and “Personalization” pages.

Desktop context menu open Settings app
Desktop context menu open Settings app

While this guide outlines many ways to open Settings, these are not the only ones. You may also find other entry points from Control Panel and other locations.