• Do you have any favorite apps or settings that you'd like to access more easily? We all tend to use some programs more often than the others so why not make your life simpler.
  • Check out our tips below to learn how to pin your settings to the Start Menu for quick access.
  • Speaking about the Start Menu, it is a basic Windows feature that we take for granted. But sometimes, it too can cause problems. Take a look at our Fix Start Menu page and get prepared for any kind of situation.
  • Leave nothing at all to chance and bookmark our Windows 10 Errors Hub as well.
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As we go on with the latest updates of Windows 10, we keep on discovering interesting new features. In this post, we’re going to talk about one of them, which is the possibility to add your favorite Settings to the Start menu. So if you want to find out how you can pin particular Settings pages located in the Settings application to the Start menu of Windows 10, follow this tutorial and the steps listed below.

Beside pining Settings to the Start menu, in  this tutorial, you will also find out how to unpin the respective Settings options. In order to start the pining steps, go to the Settings page first located in the Start menu and continue from there.

How can I pin Settings to the Start menu in Windows 10?

1. Use the Pin to Start menu

  1. Left click or tap on the Start feature.
  2. From the Start menu left click or tap on the Settings feature situated in the upper left side of the menu.open settings windows 10
  3. Now you should have the Settings window in front of you.
  4. Left click or tap on the setting you wish to pin to the Start Menu of Windows 10.
  5. Now in the upper side of the Settings window, next to the search dialog box you will have a Pin icon.
  6. Just left click or tap on the Pin icon and the setting you selected will be pinned to the Start menu in Windows 10
    Note: After you pin a specific setting to the Start menu you will also notice that the Pin icon will change, thus notifying you that the setting is already pinned.
    Note 2: You can perform the same steps for all the settings you wish to pin to the Start menu of Windows 10.

The latest Windows 10 OS versions also allow you to pin your favorite Settings page to the Start menu by simply right-clicking in the respective Settings page. Once you’ve done that, a quick Pin to Start menu will appear that lets you set the respective Settings page to the Start menu.

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2. Create a desktop shortcut

If you want to quickly access certain Settings pages, you can also create a Settings shortcut on the desktop as an alternative to pinning Settings to the Start menu. All you need to do is right-click on your desktop, select New, then Shortcut. A new window will pop-up allowing you to select the page that you want to add to the shortcut.

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Here is the list of the main Settings commands in Windows 10:

Settings app pageCommand
Account infoms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Airplane modems-settings:network-airplanemode
Backgroundsms-settings:personalization-background
Battery Saverms-settings:batterysaver
Battery Saver Settingsms-settings:batterysaver-settings
Battery usems-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
Bluetoothms-settings:bluetooth
Calendarms-settings:privacy-calendar
Camerams-settings:privacy-webcam
Cellularms-settings:network-cellular
Closed Captioningms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
Colorsms-settings:colors
Colorsms-settings:personalization-colors
Connected devicesms-settings:connecteddevices
Contactsms-settings:privacy-contacts
Data Usagems-settings:datausage
Date and Timems-settings:dateandtime
Dial-upms-settings:network-dialup
DirectAccessms-settings:network-directaccess
Displayms-settings:display
Displayms-settings:screenrotation
Ethernetms-settings:network-ethernet
Family & other usersms-settings:otherusers
Feedbackms-settings:privacy-feedback
For developersms-settings:developers
High Contrastms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Keyboardms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Locationms-settings:privacy-location
Lockscreenms-settings:lockscreen
Magnifierms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
Manage Wi-Fi Settingsms-settings:network-wifisettings
Messagingms-settings:privacy-messaging
Microphonems-settings:privacy-microphone
Mobile hotspotms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
Motionms-settings:privacy-motion
Mousems-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Mouse & touchpadms-settings:mousetouchpad
Narratorms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Notifications & actionsms-settings:notifications
Offline mapsms-settings:maps
Optional featuresms-settings:optionalfeatures
Other Devicesms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Other Options (Ease of Access)ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
Personalizationms-settings:personalization
Power & sleepms-settings:powersleep
Privacyms-settings:privacy
Proximityms-settings:proximity
Proxyms-settings:network-proxy
Radiosms-settings:privacy-radios
Region & languagems-settings:regionlanguage
Sign-in optionsms-settings:signinoptions
Speechms-settings:speech
Speech, inking, & typingms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Startms-settings:personalization-start
Storage Sensems-settings:storagesense
Tablet modems-settings://tabletmode/
Themesms-settings:themes
Typingms-settings:typing
VPNms-settings:network-vpn
Wi-Fims-settings:network-wifi
Windows Updatems-settings:windowsupdate
Work accessms-settings:workplace

If you wish to unpin the Settings from the Start menu, read the lines below:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Find the Setting you wish to unpin from the list.
  3. Right click or hold tap on that setting.
  4. From the menu that appears left click or tap on the Unpin from Start feature.
    Note: Another quick way to unpin a setting is by going again to the Settings window as you did before, clicking on the setting you wish to unpin and left click or tap on the icon presented next to the search dialog box.

FAQ: Learn more about Pin option

  • How do I pin to start screen?

To do this, simply select the Settings app from the Start menu and hold it while you click or tap the Pin to taskbar or Pin to Start options.

  • What is the difference between pin to start and pin to taskbar?

The difference between the two is the location of the pin: the Start menu appears in the left pane when you click on the Start button and the taskbar is the horizontal bar on the bottom of your screen.

  • How do I unpin to taskbar?

To do this, type the name of the program you want to remove in the search box of the Start menu. Select the app by right-clicking on its icon and then click on Unpin from taskbar.

And you are all done, you now know exactly how to pin your Modern settings situated in the Settings app to the Start menu of your Windows 10. If you have any questions regarding these steps, feel free to reach for the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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