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How to Find the Right Setting in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

Windows 10 adds more controls than ever to the Settings app, but the older Control Panel still holds the reins for a few settings. That makes it difficult to find the switch you need to flip. So, instead of clicking aimlessly at menus, tell Windows to find the switch for you.

Follow these steps to find the setting you need:

  1. Click the Start button, click in the adjacent Search box, and type a word describing your desired setting.
    When you type the first letter, every setting containing that letter appears in a list above the Search box. If you don’t know the exact name of your setting, begin typing a keyword: display, troubleshoot, mouse, user, privacy, or something that describes your need.

    Don’t see the right setting? Press the Backspace key to delete the letters you’ve typed and then try again with a different word.

    The Search box also lists other matches for your keyword: files on your computer, apps from Windows Store, and even items found on websites.

  2. Click your desired setting on the list.
    Windows takes you directly to that setting on the appropriate control panel.

Don’t see the Search box? Right-click the taskbar along the screen’s bottom edge and choose Cortana from the pop-up menu. Then choose Show Search Box from the second pop-up menu. (Or, if your computer runs in Tablet mode, click the Cortana icon — the little circle near the Start button — to fetch Cortana and the Search box.)

When searching for a setting, always try the Search box first. Spending a few minutes at the Search pane yields better results than scouring the hundreds of settings stuffed in the two Windows control panels.