Settings

Updated: 07/31/2022 by Computer Hope
Settings gear

Settings may refer to any of the following:

1. In general, a setting is an adjustment in a software program or hardware device that changes it to the user's preference. For example, you may have difficulty seeing small fonts, so you change the font setting to a larger size.

Tip

The settings option is most often represented with an icon of a gear or wrench.

2. In Microsoft Windows, the Settings app is part of the operating system, first introduced in Windows 8 and included in Windows 10 and Windows 11. It's the central location to customize, configure, and update your operating system and is intended to replace the Control Panel.

Settings menu in Windows 10

How to open the Windows Settings app

Using the Start menu

Windows 11

Click Start or press the Windows key. Then, click the Settings icon in the Start menu.

Windows 11 Settings icon in the Start menu

Windows 8 and Windows 10

Click Start or press the Windows key. Then, click the gear Settings icon icon on the left side of the menu that appears.

Settings selector icon in Windows 10.

Using a keyboard shortcut

Open the Settings app by pressing Windows key+I (hold down the Windows key and press "i").

Tip

When looking for a specific setting (e.g., printer settings), type the category name (e.g., "printer") in the Windows search box to find the specific setting without having to use Windows Settings.

3. On an Apple iPad and iPhone, Settings is an area on the device that gives you access to all its preferences. For example, you can open Settings to change the device's time zone. To access Settings on an iOS device, tap the Settings app icon on the home screen. If you can't find the Settings app, you can drag your finger down from the center of the screen to open Search, type "Settings," and tap the Settings app icon.

4. On an Android device, Settings is an area that gives you access to all its preferences. For example, you can open Settings to change the device's time zone. To access Settings on an Android device, drag your finger down from the top of the screen two times and tap the Settings gear icon.

Control Panel, Gear, Option, Preference, Set, Software terms