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The Settings App in Windows 10

How to Use the Settings App in Windows 10

Access the Settings App

Windows 10 reorganized a lot of system settings into a new Settings app.

  1. Click the Start button.

    Press Windows 10 + I to open the Settings app.

  2. Click the Settings button.
    Settings app.

    In the Settings app, there are a number of categories that encompass most of your computer's settings.

  3. Click a setting category to view subcategories.
    Settings app.

    Each category has some subcategories within it, listed in the navigation pane on the left. Click one of the subcategories, such as Notifications & actions, to view it.

  4. Choose a sub-category.
  5. Customize settings as desired.
  6. Click the gear button to go back to the main settings page.
    Settings app.

This table includes categories found in the Settings app.

Category Description
Settings app.System Contains your display, notification, app, and power settings.
Settings app.Devices Contains hardware and devices, including Bluetooth, connected to your computer.
Settings app.Network & Internet Includes your network settings.
Settings app.Personalization Allows you to change the background, lock screen image, and colors.
Settings app.Accounts Displays connected account information and sign-in options.
Settings app.Time & Language Contains time, date, language, and regional settings.
Settings app.Ease of Access Provides accessibility features for individuals with disabilities.
Settings app.Privacy Allows you to determine which apps can access your hardware and data.
Settings app.Update & Security Contains Windows updates and security settings.

Change an App Theme Color

Change the color of app themes to a dark color instead of the light one. Please keep in mind, the color won't carry over to every app because third-party Windows apps control their own theme settings.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click the Settings button.
    Settings app.

    Settings categories appear.

  3. Click Personalization.

    Personalization settings appear.

    Settings app.
  4. Choose Colors.
  5. Select Dark under Choose your app mode.
    Settings app.

Set Up Active Hours

Sudden restarts and Windows updates can be frustrating when you're working. Active Hours are the hours when you're typically using your computer. During Active Hours, you won't receive Windows/app updates or requests for a computer restart. By setting Active Hours, Windows understands the hours you're more likely to be using your computer.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click the Settings button.
    Settings app.
  3. Click Update & Security.
    Settings app.
  4. Choose Windows Update.
  5. Click Change active hours.
    Settings app.
  6. Choose a Start time and End time.

    Active Hours can only be set to blocks of 12 hours per day.

  7. Click Save.
    Settings app.

Project to Your Device

You can project your Windows phone, Android tablet, or other PC to your computer. Any device that can project its display using Miracast can use this Windows 10 feature. Before you use the feature, you must configure your computer to allow devices to connect and project to it.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click the Settings button.
    Settings app.

    Settings categories appear.

  3. Click System.
    Settings app.

    Display, notifications, app, and power settings appear.

  4. Choose Projecting to this PC.
  5. Configure the settings according to your specifications.
    Settings app.