Flipping Switches with the Windows 10 Settings App

By Andy Rathbone

Microsoft’s Spring 2018 update tossed more settings than ever into the ever-expanding Settings app in Windows 10. Most Windows settings live there now, sparing you a trip to the old Control Panel found in previous Windows versions.

To open the Settings app, click the Start button and click the Settings icon (a little gear) near the bottom of the Start menu’s left pane.

Settings Windows 10

The Settings app appears. The Settings app looks nearly identical whether you’re viewing Windows 10 on a PC, tablet, laptop, or Windows phone.

Settings app Windows 10
The Settings app lets you change your computer’s behavior.

The Settings app breaks its settings down into an unlucky thirteen categories.

  • System: Choose this option to manage items such as display, sound, notifications, and power.
  • Devices: Take a quick peek here to connect devices like mouses and printers.
  • Phone: Select this choice to connect your phone to your PC.
  • Network & Internet: Go here to manage your internet and network settings such as Wi-Fi and VPN.
  • Personalization: As is probably obvious, choose this selection to personalize Windows 10.
  • Apps: Check out your apps here and perform functions such as uninstalling and adjusting app features.
  • Accounts: Venture to this setting to add and manage different accounts in Windows 10.
  • Time & Language: Need to switch your time zone or language? Take a gander here to accomplish that.
  • Gaming: Do you play games on your PC? Manage gaming settings here.
  • Ease of Access: Need some help making your PC easy to use? Check this setting for help.
  • Cortana: Cortana is Microsoft’s digital voice assistant. Manage how she works under this item.
  • Privacy: Choose this selection to manage the privacy of items such as your camera and location.
  • Update & Security: This area is where you can manage any updates to your PC and your security features.