As Windows 10 has evolved, Microsoft has moved large pieces of the old control panel to the new, modern setting app. But navigating to specific destinations in the new app can be as boring as it was in the old days.
Fortunately, it's possible to create hotkeys for the most popular setup pages using command lines that begin with ms settings followed by a colon and the name of the page you want to jump to.
For example, ms settings: Network Status take you to the first page of the network and the Internet category, where you can check the status of your network adapter and find shortcuts to virtually all other network settings.
Likewise, the ms settings: windowsupdate story takes you directly to the page that shows all updates you have installed. Normally, click Settings> Update and Security> Windows Update> See Installed Update History to get there.
Typing the long command line at a command prompt or in the Run dialog does not make sense at all when searching or clicking on that option. However, you can use the command to create a shortcut on your desktop or other favorite location so it's always available.
To put a shortcut on the desktop, minimize all open windows, right-click an empty space on the desktop, and then click New> Shortcut. It opens a dialog as shown here.
Enter a valid ms settings command (see the list below for some suggested shortcuts), click Next, give your shortcut a descriptive name, and then save the new shortcut.
Double-click the shortcut takes you directly to the page without intermediate steps.
Here is a list of 10 very useful shortcuts starting with the ms settings operator:
Showing version of Your PC and Operating System
Change time or time zone
ms settings: appsfeatures
Uninstall, modify or repair an installed app or application
Change default apps, including your web browser
These three self explanatory options provide useful Windows Update pages
ms-settings: windowsdefender ]
This displays information about the Windows Defender engine and the latest Definition file, along with shortcuts to multiple Windows Def Ender security settings
ms settings: personalization
Customize your lock screen, colors, desktop background and more
ms settings: Display
Set resolution and scale, manage multiple displays and more
ms settings: notifications
] Customize the Speed Command Button And
You'll find Reset and Advanced Boot Settings here
Next week, I have multiple ms Settings, and the week after that, I'll show how to add these shortcuts to the Windows 10 Start Menu.
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