Windows 10 Settings is probably the best inclusion in Windows 10 that you can find in all the latest builds. Despite using Windows 10 Insider Preview, you will be able to use the Windows Settings panel. Although this is not the exact replica of Control Panel, you can use it as a substitute for Control Panel. If you have recently installed Windows 10, and you want to know everything about new options in Windows 10 Settings, you can follow this post. Here is everything you need to know about Windows 10 Settings.
How to Open Windows 10 Settings panel?
There are a couple of methods to open Windows 10 Settings panel so that you can make various changes. Some of the methods are mentioned below.
Method #1: Use Keyboard Shortcut
You can use the keyboard shortcut, which is probably the fastest method to open the Settings panel in Windows 10. The keyboard shortcut to open Windows 10 Settings panel is Win + I.
Method #2: Open from Start Menu
You can open Settings in Windows 10 from Start Menu. If you are using Windows 10, you might know that Microsoft brought back the Start Menu in this version. This Start Menu has an option to open the Settings panel in Windows 10. There is a dedicated button that you can use to get it done. For that, open the Start menu > click the settings gear icon visible on your left-hand side.
Method #3: Use Taskbar Search box
You can use Taskbar search box to open the Settings in Windows 10. You need to make a search for ‘Settings’ and open the respective result.
Method #4: Use Win + X Menu
Microsoft has introduced a new keyboard shortcut that allows you to open a couple of options and settings. The Windows 10 Settings is available in that preset list. Therefore, you can press Win + X and select Settings from the list.
Method #5: Create Desktop Shortcut
You can create desktop shortcut to open Windows 10 Settings. This is possible to pin the shortcut to your Taskbar as well.
- Right-click on Desktop.
- Select New >> Shortcut.
- Enter this-
- Write a desired name.
- Double-click on this shortcut to open the Settings panel.
Method #6: Open Windows 10 Settings Using Run Prompt
You can use the Run prompt to open Settings in Windows 10. For that, press Win + R to open the Run prompt and enter this-
Method #7: Open Windows Settings from Action Center
You can open Settings from the Action Center as well. If you expand the Action Center from your Taskbar, you can find an option called All Settings that you can use to open the Settings panel.
These are some of the best methods to open Settings in Windows 10. However, there are some other ways to get the same thing done. For instance, you can use Windows PowerShell, Task Manager etc. to open the same as well.
Please Note: All these following options are available in Windows 10 v1809.
All New Options in Windows 10 Settings
The user interface of Windows 10 Settings panel is neat and clean. You cannot find any clutter since all the options are well organized. Having said that, Windows 10 Settings panel has thirteen different categories and they are-
- Network & Internet
- Time & Language
- Ease of Access
- Update & Security
Each of the categories comes with some sub-options to manage every aspect of your computer. From changing the wallpaper to troubleshoot common Windows problems using in-built troubleshooters, you can find everything in this Settings panel. Therefore, just read on to check all the options Windows 10 Settings panel has.
The System settings category generally allows you to manage some features or functionalities related to hardware and all. More specifically, you can find these in this section-
Display: If you want to manage your dual monitor setup, choose primary monitor, change resolution, text/app size, enable or disable Night Light, change dual monitors’ behaviors, etc. you can find all the options here.
Sound: If you want to change audio output device, volume, troubleshoot common audio related problems, set app based volume, etc. this is the section you need to open.
Notifications & actions: You can add or remove icons or options from Action Center, enable/disable notifications on lock screen, show reminders and incoming VoIP calls on the lock screen, show Windows welcome experience after updates and occasionally when you sign in to highlight what’s new and suggested, get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows, get notifications from apps and other senders, etc. Apart from that, you can choose which app can show notification in the Action Center. It lets you unclutter the Action Center and increase your productivity.
Focus assist: Formerly Quite Hour, Focus assist will let you set various rules so that you do not get distracted by any app. You can choose the notification type, set different rules and many more.
Power & sleep: You can choose when your computer will turn off or go to sleep.
Storage: You can check your free and used storage space here. Apart from that, you can enable or disable Storage sense, which helps you automatically clears folders like Recycle Bin, Temporary folder, etc.
Tablet mode: If you want to turn your computer’s screen into a tablet, you can use the Tablet mode. Other than enabling this feature, you can hide the taskbar in tablet mode.
Multitasking: In Multitasking section, you can enable or disable different features those are responsible for your multitasking functionalities. For example, you can enable or disable these settings-
- Arrange window automatically by dragging them to the sides or corners of the screen
- When I snap window, automatically size it to fill available space
- When I snap a window, show what I can snap next to it
- When I resize a snapped window, simultaneously resize any adjacent snapped window
- Show suggestions occasionally in your timeline
Projecting to this PC: If your Windows 10 computer has Miracast support, you can project your Android or Windows device to this PC wirelessly. This section has all the options to manage the projection.
Shared experiences: If you want to allow apps on other devices open and message apps on your current device or the opposite of it, you can use the Shared experiences section.
Clipboard: Windows 10 comes with Cloud Clipboard that helps you synchronize your clipboard items across multiple devices. You can enable, disable or tweak the corresponding settings from here.
Remote Desktop: To manage your Windows device from Android, iOS, or macOS, you can use the Remote Desktop option.
The Devices category of Windows 10 Settings offers all the options to manage various external devices you have or can use with your computer.
Bluetooth & other devices: From this panel, you can handle all the devices those are connected via Bluetooth. From mouse or keyboard, to other phone, you can find everything here.
Printers & scanners: If you have a printer connected with your computer, you can tweak different settings of that printer from here.
Mouse: To change the primary button’s function of your mouse, or how many lines your want to scroll each time, you need to open this section.
Typing: The Typing panel comes some options to toggle these features-
- Autocorrect misspelled words
- Highlight misspelled words
- Show text suggestions as I type on the software keyboard
- Add a space after I choose a text suggestion
- Add a period after I double-tap the Spacebar
- Show text suggestions as I type
- Show text suggestions based on the recognized languages you’re typing in
Pen & Windows Ink: If you want to change the font when using handwriting feature or if you want to get some app suggestions, you can use this feature.
AutoPlay: If you frequently insert a CD or DVD or SD card, and you want to perform a certain task, you can use the AutoPlay section.
USB: It has only one setting and that lets you notify if there are issues connecting to USB devices.
Let’s assume that you are browsing a website on your mobile but the website is not responding correctly on mobile device. At such moment, you might want to open the same page on your computer. If so, you can use this functionality that allows you to continue your work on your PC from your mobile. In a nutshell, you can get SMS, email, phone call, etc. on your computer if your phone is connected via this functionality.
4. Network & Internet
As the name suggests you can manage your network related options from here. More specifically, you will get the following options in this panel.
Status: If you want to check whether you have a valid internet connection or not, this is the best path you can navigate to. From here, you can manage your adapter settings, sharing option, as well as, troubleshoot common networking related problems.
Ethernet: If you are using an Ethernet connection, you can make your network private or public from here. Other than that, you can set up a metered connection.
VPN: If you want to use a system-wide VPN, you can use this panel. From here you can set up the VPN, all it to use over metered networks and while roaming.
Data usage: You can check how much data you have used in past couple of days. You can choose network name and check the usage accordingly. This is also possible to set data limit if you have limited bandwidth.
Proxy: If you want to use a proxy, you need to open this setting. From here, you can choose manual proxy settings and change the settings according to your requirements.
From the initial days, Microsoft has been including a dedicated panel so that users can manage wallpaper, theme, etc. Even in Windows 10, you can similar options in the Settings panel.
Background: You can change your wallpaper from here.
Colors: This is possible to choose a color for your computer. More specifically, you can turn on off transparency effect, title bar color, windows border color, taskbar color, start menu color, etc. The best thing is you can enable or disable Dark mode from here.
Lock screen: If you want to change the lock screen background, you can find that option here. You can also use solid color, and Windows spotlight.
Themes: Although Microsoft ditched the theme functionality in Windows 8/8.1, they have retained it in Windows 10. You can create, enable or disable a theme from this panel.
Start: If you want to customize your Start menu, you should follow these options-
- Show more tiles on Start
- Show app list n Start menu
- Show recently added apps
- Show most used apps
- Show suggestions occasionally in Start
- Use Start full screen
- Show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Start or the taskbar
Taskbar: The Taskbar is an important element of your Windows computer and if you want to tweak various settings of options of Taskbar, you can open this section. This panel offers the following options-
- Lock the Taskbar
- Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode
- Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode
- Use small taskbar buttons
- Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the start button or press Windows key + X
- Show badges on taskbar buttons
- Set taskbar location
- Combine taskbar buttons
From the Apps menu, you will be able to manage your apps. From changing the location to terminate it whenever needed, you can do everything with the help of the Apps menu.
Apps & features: You can prevent third-party apps from being installed on your computer, uninstall installed apps, reset in-built apps, and many more.
Default apps: As per the name, you can set default apps for various things like email, maps, music, video, etc. This is also possible to choose default apps by file type.
Offline maps: If you use the Maps app, you can download maps offline and use that even when you do not have internet connection.
Apps for websites: You can open various apps if a website is associated with the app. For example, it opens Microsoft Edge, when your system faces share.microsoft.com.
Video playback: You can manage Windows HD color settings, play video at a lower resolution and much more.
Startup: This is possible to manage, add, remove startup items in Windows 10.
All the local and Microsoft account related options are visible here. That said, you can find these following options.
Your info: You can manage your basic account settings, profile picture etc. from here.
Email & accounts: You can add email account that will be used by the email, calendar, contacts etc.
Sign-in options: You can set up Windows Hello, change account password, set up picture password, enable Dynamic Lock, etc.
Family & other users: If you use Microsoft Family feature or service, you can manage your accounts from here. Apart from that, you can add your family member to your computer as well.
Sync your settings: If you have multiple Windows 10 computers and you want to use the same settings, themes, languages preference, etc. you can synchronize those across multiple devices from this panel.
8. Time & Language
If you want to change the time zone, time, date, etc. you need to open Time & Language settings. Apart from those, you can change the default voice for apps.
This is very easy to record gameplay on Windows 10 after the inclusion of Game Bar. You can record, broadcast any game with the help of this Gaming functionalities. There is another option called Game Mode. If you activate Game Mode, your computer will use maximum resources to spruce up the gaming experience.
10. Ease of Access
As the name defines, this section is popular among them, who want to make icons, text, etc. bigger or smaller, use high contrast theme, magnifier, enable narrator, enable Speech Recognition, and many more.
Although Cortana is near to death, there are many people who love to use a digital assistant on their mobile or computer. If you are one of them, who would like to give Cortana a try, you can check out these settings. From this section, you will be able to enable Hey Cortana voice command, keyboard shortcut, enable Cortana on lock screen, choose Cortana language, etc. Other than that, you can get phone notifications on your current computer as well.
Microsoft gathers a lot of information from Windows 10 users. If you are unaware of that, you might need to open the Privacy section in Windows 10 Settings panel. From here, you can manage everything related to privacy and personal security. You can allow or block a particular app from accessing a particular hardware or another app, and so forth. Also, you can enable online speech recognition, view diagnostic data, and more.
13. Update & Security
This section not only has all the options to manage your updates, but also you can find some troubleshooters to fix common problems.
Windows Update: You can download, install, manage your updates from this location.
Delivery Optimization: You can allow your current computer to download updates from PCs on your local network.
Windows Security: Windows Defender is now much more useful than before and you can tweak various settings of Windows Defender from this panel.
Backup: You can backup your files to another drive. It becomes handy when you lose your data from a drive since this backup can pull up data when the original file is damaged.
Troubleshoot: Microsoft has included some troubleshooters to fix different problems related to Bluetooth, Windows Update, Audio, Printer, Internet Connection, Power etc. If you are facing any problem, you can head over to the Troubleshoot menu and run a troubleshooter accordingly.
Recovery: In case you need to Reset your PC or boot PC into Advanced Startup options, you can use the Recovery menu.
Activation: This is probably the first thing you need to open after installing a fresh copy of Windows 10 since it lets you activate your Windows 10 PC.
Find my device: If you enable this feature, you can track the location of your device from Microsoft website. However, you need to sign in with your Microsoft account first.
For developers: If you want to sideload apps from third-party resources, or do other tasks related to device discovery, portal, etc. you can manage them from here.
Windows Insider Program: If you are using the stable release of Windows 10 and you want to sign up for Windows Insider Program to test the Insider Preview builds, you can hit the corresponding Get started button.
These are all the settings you can find in Windows 10 Settings panel. You should follow the first method to open Settings in Windows 10 and navigate to the path that you want to open.