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Windows 10: quickly view Settings -> Printers no matter the installed language

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/08/23

From Windows 8 on, Microsoft has been pushing more and more stuff to the App UI (sometimes called Immersive User Interface).

By default they are only easily accessible from the search feature from the “Start” button or “Search” pane in the task bar.

This is cumbersome or even problematic when you have to remember the correct terms over many localisations.

In the past you could run this from the command prompt or Windows+R keyboard shortcut “Run” pop-up:

control printers

This does not work however in either of the two:

settings printers

This works from the Windows+R keyboard shortcut “Run” pop-up:

ms-settings:printers

This works from the command prompt:

start ms-settings:printers

The difference is that with control , it will eventually find control.exe on the path, but ms-settings: is the scheme bit of an URI. The start command can handle this, the plain command-line cannot.

What in fact happens is that the URI scheme handler, will have a Windows Service (which runs under NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM) start "C:\Windows\ImmersiveControlPanel\SystemSettings.exe" -ServerName:microsoft.windows.immersivecontrolpanel under your current user.

List of Settings URIs

Next to a List of applications behind the various control panel links – via “Stop user access to control panel”, below is a list of Settings URIs.

The below list is from [WayBack] The list of Settings pages URIs (ms-settings) in Windows 10 , but misses ms-settings:printers.

SETTINGS APP PAGE  COMMAND
Battery Saver ms-settings:batterysaver
Battery Saver Settings ms-settings:batterysaver-settings
Battery use ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails
Bluetooth ms-settings:bluetooth
Colors ms-settings:colors
Data Usage ms-settings:datausage
Date and Time ms-settings:dateandtime
Closed Captioning ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
High Contrast ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Magnifier ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
Narrator ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Keyboard ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Mouse ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Other Options (Ease of Access) ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
Lockscreen ms-settings:lockscreen
Offline maps ms-settings:maps
Airplane mode ms-settings:network-airplanemode
Proxy ms-settings:network-proxy
VPN ms-settings:network-vpn
Notifications & actions ms-settings:notifications
Account info ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Calendar ms-settings:privacy-calendar
Contacts ms-settings:privacy-contacts
Other Devices ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Feedback ms-settings:privacy-feedback
Location ms-settings:privacy-location
Messaging ms-settings:privacy-messaging
Microphone ms-settings:privacy-microphone
Motion ms-settings:privacy-motion
Radios ms-settings:privacy-radios
Speech, inking, & typing ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Camera ms-settings:privacy-webcam
Region & language ms-settings:regionlanguage
Speech ms-settings:speech
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate
Work access ms-settings:workplace
Connected devices ms-settings:connecteddevices
For developers ms-settings:developers
Display ms-settings:display
Mouse & touchpad ms-settings:mousetouchpad
Cellular ms-settings:network-cellular
Dial-up ms-settings:network-dialup
DirectAccess ms-settings:network-directaccess
Ethernet ms-settings:network-ethernet
Mobile hotspot ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
Wi-Fi ms-settings:network-wifi
Manage Wi-Fi Settings ms-settings:network-wifisettings
Optional features ms-settings:optionalfeatures
Family & other users ms-settings:otherusers
Personalization ms-settings:personalization
Backgrounds ms-settings:personalization-background
Colors ms-settings:personalization-colors
Start ms-settings:personalization-start
Power & sleep ms-settings:powersleep
Proximity ms-settings:proximity
Display ms-settings:screenrotation
Sign-in options ms-settings:signinoptions
Storage Sense ms-settings:storagesense
Themes ms-settings:themes
Typing ms-settings:typing
Tablet mode ms-settings:tabletmode
Privacy ms-settings:privacyimmers

Related

A group of better lists is at [WayBack] Launch the Windows Settings app – Windows UWP applications | Microsoft Docs:

ms-settings: URI scheme reference

Use the following URIs to open various pages of the Settings app.

Note that whether a settings page is available varies by Windows SKU. Not all settings page available on Windows 10 for desktop are available on Windows 10 Mobile, and vice-versa. The notes column also captures additional requirements that must be met for a page to be available.

Accounts

Settings page URI
Access work or school ms-settings:workplace
Email & app accounts ms-settings:emailandaccounts
Family & other people ms-settings:otherusers
Set up a kiosk ms-settings:assignedaccess
Sign-in options ms-settings:signinoptions
ms-settings:signinoptions-dynamiclock
Sync your settings ms-settings:sync
Windows Hello setup ms-settings:signinoptions-launchfaceenrollment
ms-settings:signinoptions-launchfingerprintenrollment
Your info ms-settings:yourinfo

Apps

Settings page URI
Apps & Features ms-settings:appsfeatures
App features ms-settings:appsfeatures-app (Reset, manage add-on & downloadable content, etc. for the app)
Apps for websites ms-settings:appsforwebsites
Default apps ms-settings:defaultapps
Manage optional features ms-settings:optionalfeatures
Offline Maps ms-settings:maps
ms-settings:maps-downloadmaps (Download maps)
Startup apps ms-settings:startupapps
Video playback ms-settings:videoplayback

Cortana

Settings page URI
Cortana across my devices ms-settings:cortana-notifications
More details ms-settings:cortana-moredetails
Permissions & History ms-settings:cortana-permissions
Searching Windows ms-settings:cortana-windowssearch
Talk to Cortana ms-settings:cortana-language
ms-settings:cortana
ms-settings:cortana-talktocortana

 Note

This Settings section on desktop will be called Search when the PC is set to regions where Cortana is not currently available or Cortana has been disabled. Cortana-specific pages (Cortana across my devices, and Talk to Cortana) will not be listed in this case.

Devices

Settings page URI
AutoPlay ms-settings:autoplay
Bluetooth ms-settings:bluetooth
Connected Devices ms-settings:connecteddevices
Default camera ms-settings:camera (Deprecated in Windows 10, version 1809 and later)
Mouse & touchpad ms-settings:mousetouchpad (touchpad settings only available on devices that have a touchpad)
Pen & Windows Ink ms-settings:pen
Printers & scanners ms-settings:printers
Touchpad ms-settings:devices-touchpad (only available if touchpad hardware is present)
Typing ms-settings:typing
USB ms-settings:usb
Wheel ms-settings:wheel (only available if Dial is paired)
Your phone ms-settings:mobile-devices

Ease of Access

Settings page URI
Audio ms-settings:easeofaccess-audio
Closed captions ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
Color filters ms-settings:easeofaccess-colorfilter
Cursor & pointer size ms-settings:easeofaccess-cursorandpointersize
Display ms-settings:easeofaccess-display
Eye control ms-settings:easeofaccess-eyecontrol
Fonts ms-settings:fonts
High contrast ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Keyboard ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Magnifier ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
Mouse ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Narrator ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Other options ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions (Deprecated in Windows 10, version 1809 and later)
Speech ms-settings:easeofaccess-speechrecognition

Extras

Settings page URI
Extras ms-settings:extras (only available if “settings apps” are installed, e.g. by a 3rd party)

Gaming

Settings page URI
Broadcasting ms-settings:gaming-broadcasting
Game bar ms-settings:gaming-gamebar
Game DVR ms-settings:gaming-gamedvr
Game Mode ms-settings:gaming-gamemode
Playing a game full screen ms-settings:quietmomentsgame
TruePlay ms-settings:gaming-trueplay (Deprecated in Windows 10, version 1809 and later)
Xbox Networking ms-settings:gaming-xboxnetworking

Home page

Settings page URI
Settings home page ms-settings:

Mixed reality

 Note

These settings are only available if the Mixed Reality Portal app is installed.

Settings page URI
Audio and speech ms-settings:holographic-audio
Environment ms-settings:privacy-holographic-environment
Headset display ms-settings:holographic-headset
Uninstall ms-settings:holographic-management

Network & internet

Settings page URI
Airplane mode ms-settings:network-airplanemode
ms-settings:proximity
Cellular & SIM ms-settings:network-cellular
Data usage ms-settings:datausage
Dial-up ms-settings:network-dialup
DirectAccess ms-settings:network-directaccess (only available if DirectAccess is enabled)
Ethernet ms-settings:network-ethernet
Manage known networks ms-settings:network-wifisettings
Mobile hotspot ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
NFC ms-settings:nfctransactions
Proxy ms-settings:network-proxy
Status ms-settings:network-status
ms-settings:network
VPN ms-settings:network-vpn
Wi-Fi ms-settings:network-wifi (only available if the device has a wifi adapter)
Wi-Fi Calling ms-settings:network-wificalling (only available if Wi-Fi calling is enabled)

Personalization

Settings page URI
Background ms-settings:personalization-background
Choose which folders appear on Start ms-settings:personalization-start-places
Colors ms-settings:personalization-colors
ms-settings:colors
Glance ms-settings:personalization-glance (Deprecated in Windows 10, version 1809 and later)
Lock screen ms-settings:lockscreen
Navigation bar ms-settings:personalization-navbar (Deprecated in Windows 10, version 1809 and later)
Personalization (category) ms-settings:personalization
Start ms-settings:personalization-start
Taskbar ms-settings:taskbar
Themes ms-settings:themes

Phone

Settings page URI
Your phone ms-settings:mobile-devices
ms-settings:mobile-devices-addphone
ms-settings:mobile-devices-addphone-direct (Opens Your Phone app)

Privacy

Settings page URI
Accessory apps ms-settings:privacy-accessoryapps (Deprecated in Windows 10, version 1809 and later)
Account info ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Activity history ms-settings:privacy-activityhistory
Advertising ID ms-settings:privacy-advertisingid (Deprecated in Windows 10, version 1809 and later)
App diagnostics ms-settings:privacy-appdiagnostics
Automatic file downloads ms-settings:privacy-automaticfiledownloads
Background Apps ms-settings:privacy-backgroundapps
Calendar ms-settings:privacy-calendar
Call history ms-settings:privacy-callhistory
Camera ms-settings:privacy-webcam
Contacts ms-settings:privacy-contacts
Documents ms-settings:privacy-documents
Email ms-settings:privacy-email
Eye tracker ms-settings:privacy-eyetracker (requires eyetracker hardware)
Feedback & diagnostics ms-settings:privacy-feedback
File system ms-settings:privacy-broadfilesystemaccess
General ms-settings:privacy-general
Location ms-settings:privacy-location
Messaging ms-settings:privacy-messaging
Microphone ms-settings:privacy-microphone
Motion ms-settings:privacy-motion
Notifications ms-settings:privacy-notifications
Other devices ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Pictures ms-settings:privacy-pictures
Phone calls ms-settings:privacy-phonecalls (Deprecated in Windows 10, version 1809 and later)
Radios ms-settings:privacy-radios
Speech, inking & typing ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Tasks ms-settings:privacy-tasks
Videos ms-settings:privacy-videos
Voice activation ms-settings:privacy-voiceactivation

Surface Hub

Settings page URI
Accounts ms-settings:surfacehub-accounts
Session cleanup ms-settings:surfacehub-sessioncleanup
Team Conferencing ms-settings:surfacehub-calling
Team device management ms-settings:surfacehub-devicemanagenent
Welcome screen ms-settings:surfacehub-welcome

System

Settings page URI
About ms-settings:about
Advanced display settings ms-settings:display-advanced (only available on devices that support advanced display options)
App volume and device preferences ms-settings:apps-volume (Added in Windows 10, version 1903)
Battery Saver ms-settings:batterysaver (only available on devices that have a battery, such as a tablet)
Battery Saver settings ms-settings:batterysaver-settings (only available on devices that have a battery, such as a tablet)
Battery use ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails (only available on devices that have a battery, such as a tablet)
Clipboard ms-settings:clipboard
Display ms-settings:display
Default Save Locations ms-settings:savelocations
Display ms-settings:screenrotation
Duplicating my display ms-settings:quietmomentspresentation
During these hours ms-settings:quietmomentsscheduled
Encryption ms-settings:deviceencryption
Focus assist ms-settings:quiethours
ms-settings:quietmomentshome
Graphics Settings ms-settings:display-advancedgraphics (only available on devices that support advanced graphics options)
Messaging ms-settings:messaging
Multitasking ms-settings:multitasking
Night light settings ms-settings:nightlight
Phone ms-settings:phone-defaultapps
Projecting to this PC ms-settings:project
Shared experiences ms-settings:crossdevice
Tablet mode ms-settings:tabletmode
Taskbar ms-settings:taskbar
Notifications & actions ms-settings:notifications
Remote Desktop ms-settings:remotedesktop
Phone ms-settings:phone (Deprecated in Windows 10, version 1809 and later)
Power & sleep ms-settings:powersleep
Sound ms-settings:sound
Storage ms-settings:storagesense
Storage Sense ms-settings:storagepolicies

Time and language

Settings page URI
Date & time ms-settings:dateandtime
Japan IME settings ms-settings:regionlanguage-jpnime (available if the Microsoft Japan input method editor is installed)
Language ms-settings:keyboard
ms-settings:regionlanguage
ms-settings:regionlanguage-bpmfime
ms-settings:regionlanguage-cangjieime
ms-settings:regionlanguage-chsime-pinyin-domainlexicon
ms-settings:regionlanguage-chsime-pinyin-keyconfig
ms-settings:regionlanguage-chsime-pinyin-udp
ms-settings:regionlanguage-chsime-wubi-udp
ms-settings:regionlanguage-quickime
Pinyin IME settings ms-settings:regionlanguage-chsime-pinyin (available if the Microsoft Pinyin input method editor is installed)
Speech ms-settings:speech
Wubi IME settings ms-settings:regionlanguage-chsime-wubi (available if the Microsoft Wubi input method editor is installed)

Update & security

Settings page URI
Activation ms-settings:activation
Backup ms-settings:backup
Delivery Optimization ms-settings:delivery-optimization
Find My Device ms-settings:findmydevice
For developers ms-settings:developers
Recovery ms-settings:recovery
Troubleshoot ms-settings:troubleshoot
Windows Security ms-settings:windowsdefender
Windows Insider Program ms-settings:windowsinsider (only present if user is enrolled in WIP)
ms-settings:windowsinsider-optin
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate
ms-settings:windowsupdate-action
Windows Update-Advanced options ms-settings:windowsupdate-options
Windows Update-Restart options ms-settings:windowsupdate-restartoptions
Windows Update-View update history ms-settings:windowsupdate-history

User Accounts

Settings page URI
Provisioning ms-settings:workplace-provisioning (only available if enterprise has deployed a provisioning package)
Provisioning ms-settings:provisioning (only available on mobile and if the enterprise has deployed a provisioning package)
Windows Anywhere ms-settings:windowsanywhere (device must be Windows Anywhere-capable)

Finally, there are more URIs for these:

–jeroen

 

 

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