How to Open Settings in Windows 10 (Settings App)

When it comes to changing system settings, knowing how to open the Settings app in Windows 10 is a possible solution to accomplish this.

The app is intended to replace the Control Panel and contains a large host of adjustments that can offer you the power to change just about anything in Windows 10.

Let’s go over the quickest methods in order to open the Settings app.

Opening the Settings app in Windows

  1. Open the Start Menu up.
  2. Left-click on the cog icon (above the power symbol icon) in the left margin of the Start Menu.
open settings app from start menu

Alternative method – The Start Button’s contextual menu

  1. Right-click your mouse while hovering the pointer over the Windows icon (Start Menu icon).
  2. Move your mouse pointer to hover over ‘Settings’ and press the left mouse button.
open settings app from start contextual menu

The Settings App when first opened

new windows settings app

The first items that are displayed contain grouped elements that you can adjust that falls under a category style of association.

As you click on a setting, the options become more refined until you reach the specific setting.

There are many options that can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Don’t let that distract you from getting to the setting you want. The more you spend time with it, the easier it becomes to navigate around in it.

A quicker way to find the setting you want would be to type it out in the search bar on the top of the settings window.

If you don’t find the setting you want after performing a search, try and rephrase it another way. You could try a few times before clicking into the various categories.

The search will produce a list of settings related to the search in order to get you results that may be useful to you.


Those are the two quickest and easiest ways to open the Settings app. There are even more methods, however, they are cumbersome and don’t provide you with many benefits.

We hope that you can put this app to good use and that you get the options you desired in your copy of Windows 10.