There are multiple ways to open the Settings app in Windows 10. For example, you can open the Settings app with Win + I keyboard shortcut, by clicking on the settings icon within the Start Menu or Notification Center, by looking it up within the Start Menu, etc. Alternatively, you can also open the Settings app from Command Prompt, PowerShell or Run dialog box.
You may not open the Settings app from Command Prompt on a daily basis but it is very helpful when creating batch scripts, when other methods aren’t effective, to create custom shortcuts, etc.
The brand new Settings app in Windows 10 features its own URI schema. While using URI schema, you can’t only launch the Settings app it allows you to quickly navigate to a particular sections for that Settings app with only just one command.
Open Settings App from Command Prompt
1. To open the Settings app in the command prompt, look for “cmd” within the Start Menu and open it up.
2. In the Command Prompt window, type start ms-settings: and press Enter to spread out the Settings app.
3. To spread out a particular section of the Settings app type the target URI after the above mentioned command and press enter. For instance, if you want to open the Windows Update section, you have to enter start ms-settings:windowsupdate.
You can learn more about the Settings app URI schema out of this official documentation. The URI schema is extremely user-friendly with its plain English language. Moreover, you are able to launch just about any section of the Settings app while using URI schema.
Open Settings App from PowerShell
If you’re more of a PowerShell user then you can open the Settings app from PowerShell too. However, the command differs a little.
1. Open PowerShell by searching for it within the Start Menu.
2. Type Start-Process “ms-settings:” and press enter to open the Settings app.
3. If you wish to open a particular section, type the URI next to the colon and press Enter. For example, to open the Default Apps portion of the Settings app, you will have to execute Start-Process “ms-settings:defaultapps”.
Open Settings App from Run Dialog Box
Alternativly, you can open the Settings app from Run Dialog box.
1. First, open the Run dialog box by pressing Win +R.
2. Now, type ms-settings: and press Enter to spread out Settings.
As you can see, the Run command is extremely similar to the Command Prompt command, all you need to do is remove start. This is because the Run dialog box is by default configured to acknowledge the Settings URI schema.
Much like with Command Prompt and PowerShell, add some section URI after the colon to spread out the particular section. With my case, I’m open the network section using ms-settings:network.
As you can tell, you can easily open the Settings app from Command Prompt, PowerShell or Run Dialog box.
To put it simply, to spread out the Settings app from Command Prompt use start ms-settings:. To open the Settings app from PowerShell use Start-Process “ms-settings:”. To spread out the Settings app from Run Dialog box use ms-settings:.
To understand more about the Settings URI schema, follow ms-settings: URI scheme reference guide.
Do keep in mind that the above commands will not work on Windows 8 or 8.1.