Settings

Updated: 12/31/2020 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 adjusts it to the user's preference. For example, you may have a hard time seeing small fonts, so you change the font setting to a larger font size.

2. In Microsoft Windows, the Settings app is a part of the operating system first introduced in Windows 8, and included in Windows 10. 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

  1. Click Start or get to the Windows Start Screen.
  2. Type Settings and press Enter, or click the gear Settings icon icon.

Using a keyboard shortcut

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

Tip

If you have Windows 10 with the latest updates, Settings is also on the left side of the Start menu as a small gear icon.

Tip

When looking for a specific type of settings (e.g., printer settings) type the category name (e.g., "printer") in Windows search to find the specific system 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 preferences of the device. For example, you could open Settings to change the time zone of the device. To access Settings on an iOS device, drag your finger down from the center of the screen to open Search, type "settings," and tap the Settings icon.

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

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