In this article, we'll tell you how to open Settings in Windows 11 in several ways. Traditionally, we'll start with the simplest, most convenient, and most memorable ones.

Using the hotkeys

Press the Windows + I keys on your keyboard. The current keyboard layout is not important. Even if you have the another language active, the keys will work and Windows Settings will open.

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In the notification area of the taskbar

Previously, in Windows 10, you could get to System Settings by clicking on the notification icon. In Windows 11, the Settings button has moved a little to the left.

  1. Click the button with the Network and Volume icons next to the clock and the current date on the taskbar.
  2. In the pop-up window, click the gear to open Windows 11 Settings.

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Using the Start button

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. In the pop-up window that appears, click the "Settings" menu item.

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Using the search button on the taskbar

  1. Click the search button on the taskbar.
  2. Start typing the "Settings".
  3. Windows will understand what you are looking for, and in the "Best Match" section, it will suggest exactly System Settings.

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Using the Start menu

  1. Press the button Start.
  2. On the Start menu that opens, click All Apps if the Settings icon does not appear in the list of pinned apps.

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  1. Scroll down to the letter S in the list of all installed applications.
  2. Click on the app "Settings".

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You can also pin the System Preferences button in the Start menu next to the Shutdown/Reboot button on your computer.

How do I pin Settings, Explorer, Network, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos to the Start menu?

How do you open System Settings?

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