Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft moved some critical system settings from the Control Panel to the new “Settings” app.They also added many new settings to the app that wasn’t even available in earlier Windows versions.

And now, with Windows 10, they continue to put even more basic settings in it with almost every new update.

With the Settings app getting more and more important, I think it would be good to explain the most straightforward methods you can use to open it.

There are actually about a dozen ways to open the Settings app, but since I’m all about simplicity on the computer, I’ll tell you about the three fastest (and easiest) methods to use: 

1 – Open the Settings app via Start Menu

1 – Click the Start button to display the “Start Menu”.

2 – Click the Settings icon near the bottom left corner.

Note: The Settings icon looks like “gear” or “cog”.

2 – With a quick search

1 – Press the Windows + S key combination to open the “Search” box.

2 – Install category, then select Settings from the list of search results.

3 – With keyboard (fastest method of all)

Press the Windows + I key combination.


There you have it – 3 quick and easy ways to open the Settings app in Windows 10.