How to Open Settings in Windows 11 (and More)

In this post, you’ll see:

Let’s start.

How to Open Windows 11 Settings

Method #1

Open the Start menu. Click on the Settings app in the search results after typing settings.

Method #2

To open the Settings app, press the Windows and I keys simultaneously.

Method #3

You can start the Settings by using the ms-settings: command in one of the following programs:

  • File Explorer address bar

You can also use the start ms-settings: command in one of the following programs to open Settings.

  • Command Prompt
  • Windows PowerShell

Method #4

Press Windows and X keys simultaneously. Choose “Settings” from the Power user menu, located between “Task Manager” and “File Explorer.”

Method #5

Open the Start menu. Click “Settings” in the “Pinned” section, or you can click on All apps and then hit on Settings in the S section.

Method #6

Click on the Network icon in the taskbar and click on the Gear icon.

How to Create a Settings Shortcut

Create a Settings shortcut on your Windows 11 desktop or File Explorer by following the steps below.

Right-click on an empty area of the desktop or File Explorer. Move the mouse over “New item” in the context menu and click on “Shortcut.”

Enter ms-settings: in the “Create Shortcut” pop-up and click on the “Next” button.

Enter the shortcut name if you dislike the suggested one and click the “Finish” button.

How to Reset Windows 11 Settings App

Resetting Windows 11 Settings will fix problems with opening or functioning. To do so, follow these steps:

Open the Start menu and type settings. Select the App settings option.

On the Settings screen, you can find the Reset button. Click on it.

In the pop-up, you’ll see this message: This will permanently delete the app’s data on this device, including your preferences and sign-in details.

Hit the Reset button if you’re okay with this.

That’s all.

Here are the alternate methods:

Method #1

Open PowerShell as an administrator.

Press the Enter key after typing the following command: Get-AppxPackage *windows.immersivecontrolpanel* | Reset-AppxPackage

Method #2

Open the Command Prompt.

Press the Enter key after typing the following command: PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command “& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage *immersivecontrolpanel*).InstallLocation + ‘\AppxManifest.xml’ ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}”

That’s all.

How to Disable Settings App

Note: Remember that the below steps will disable the Control Panel too.

On Windows 11, you can disable the Settings app. Here’s how:

Open the Registry Editor. I suggest you back up the Registry before proceeding.

To disable the Settings for the current user, navigate to the following keys: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies.

Navigate to the following keys to disable the Settings for all users: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies.

I’m doing this for the “current user,” but the steps are the same for “all users.”

Click on the Explorer key. If you don’t see it, create it. You can do this by right-clicking on the Policies key and choosing New > Key. Enter Explorer as the name and press Enter.

Right-click on the blank space in the right pane and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type NoControlPanel as the name then hit Enter key.

Double-click the NoControlPanel. Type 1 in the Value data field and click OK.

That’s it.

If you try to access the Settings, then it won’t open. If you try to access the Control Panel, you’ll see this message:

This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.

Note: To enable the Control Panel and Settings app, change the value from 1 to 0 or delete the NoControlPanel DWORD.

Alternative Method

Enter gpedit.msc in the “Run Box” and press Enter key. Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates.

Hit the Control Panel. Find “Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings” in the right pane and double-click it.

Select Enabled and then click OK.

That’s it.

Note: To enable the Settings app and Control Panel, follow the above steps but choose Not Configured or Disabled.