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Open apps and tools quickly with these URI commands

Shortcuts are widely used in Windows to quickly launch any program without having to search for its executable file among folders. In order to quickly access any application in the Microsoft Store or the different elements that make up the Windows Settings menu, we will use the so-called URI commands.

Next, we are going to know a little more about these commands, we will see which are the most used for both the store applications and the Settings menu and we will check the different ways we have to execute them.

What are URI commands

Windows 10 is possible open your store apps with a wide variety of shapes. The most common that we can find are through the store itself, the Start menu, the taskbar or shortcuts. However, these are not the only ways, since the Microsoft operating system also allows us to create custom accesses with which to open applications using the Run dialog box, PowerShell or the Command Prompt. For any traditional program, it is enough to use its .exe file, something that we cannot achieve for the Windows Store applications.

Although Microsoft Store applications do not have .exe files, they do have their own special and unique identifier, so that through them, they can be opened and accessed, and they are known by the name of URI ( Uniform Resource Identifier). In addition to opening applications, URIs also allow open configuration pages and its various subsections, functioning as if they were a direct access through which to access them more quickly.

Each URI command is individually naturalized and comes from its own developer, so we will not find a URI of two applications that have a direct correlation. In addition, if we know which commands are going to be executed, we can also modify the ms-settings URI command and make changes to the applications.

URI commands to launch Microsoft Store applications

As we have mentioned, each application in the Microsoft Store has its own URI command from which we will be able to open them as if it were its own direct access. Some of the most important and that we use most frequently are:

  • 3D constructor: com.Microsoft.builder3d:
  • Action center: ms-actioncenter:
  • Clock and alarm: ms-clock:
  • Calculator: calculator:
  • Calendar: outlookcal:
  • Camera: windows.camera:
  • Connect: ms-projection:
  • Cortana: ms-cortana:
  • Microsoft Whiteboard: ms-whiteboard-cmd:
  • Windows Hello: ms-settings-connectabledevices: devicediscovery:
  • Feedback Center: feedback-hub:
  • Help Center: ms-contact-support:
  • Groove Music: mswindowsmusic:
  • Mail: outlookmail:
  • Maps: bingmaps:
  • Microsoft Edge: microsoft-edge:
  • Microsoft Store: ms-windows-store:
  • Photos: ms-photos:
  • Project visualization: ms-settings-displays-topology: projection:
  • Settings: ms-settings:
  • Advice: ms-get-started:
  • See 3D preview: com.microsoft.3dviewer:
  • Voice recorder: ms-callrecording:
  • Climate: bingweather:
  • Xbox: xbox:
  • Xbox Friends List: xbox-friendfinder:
  • Xbox network settings: xbox-network:
  • Xbox Settings: xbox-settings:

Commands for opening Windows configuration pages

The Configuration application in Windows 10 is divided into a series of categories and sections that we can access regularly through its interface. But we can also access a specific section using its correct URI and in this way avoid having to browse through its different menus. These are some of the ones we use most frequently:

  • Configuration main page: ms-settings:
  • Screen: ms-settings: display
  • Display – Night Light Settings: ms-settings: nightlight
  • Sound: ms-settings: sound
  • Notifications and actions: ms-settings: notifications
  • Battery: ms-settings: batterysaver
  • Battery usage by app: ms-settings: batterysaver-usedetails
  • Battery saving settings: ms-settings: batterysaver-settings
  • Storage: ms-settings: storagesense
  • Clipboard: ms-settings: clipboard
  • Remote Desktop: ms-settings: remotedesktop
  • Bluetooth and other devices: ms-settings: bluetooth
  • Printers and scanners: ms-settings: printers
  • Mouse: ms-settings: mousetouchpad
  • Touchpad: ms-settings: devices-touchpad
  • USB: ms-settings: usb
  • Wifi: ms-settings: network-wifi
  • Ethernet: ms-settings: network-ethernet
  • Bottom: ms-settings: personalization-background
  • Colors: ms-settings: colors
  • Topics: ms-settings: themes
  • Sources: ms-settings: fonts
  • Start menu: ms-settings: personalization-start
  • Taskbar: ms-settings: taskbar
  • Applications and functions: ms-settings: appsfeatures
  • Email account and applications: ms-settings: emailandaccounts
  • Date and Time: ms-settings: dateandtime
  • Game bar: ms-settings: gaming-gamebar
  • Cortana: ms-settings: cortana
  • Camera: ms-settings: privacy-webcam
  • Microphone: ms-settings: privacy-microphone
  • Contacts: ms-settings: privacy-contacts
  • Calendar: ms-settings: privacy-calendar
  • E-mail: ms-settings: privacy-email
  • Documents: ms-settings: privacy-documents
  • Images: ms-settings: privacy-pictures
  • Videos: ms-settings: privacy-videos
  • Windows update: ms-settings: windowsupdate
  • Windows Security: ms-settings: windowsdefender
  • Backup: ms-settings: backup
  • Recovery: ms-settings: recovery

How to run these commands

Using the URI commands to open the Microsoft Store applications or the various sections of the Windows Settings menu is quite simple. For this we can use both PowerShell, the Command Prompt or the Run dialog box. It is also possible to access the desktop shortcuts with these commands.

Open from Command Prompt

We can open URI commands using both PowerShell and Command Prompt. To do this we write in the search box of the Start menu “Cmd” to launch the command prompt, being important that we run it with administrator rights

Once the Command Prompt window appears, we must execute the following command:

start <appURICommand>:

Here we must replace with the URI command of the application we want to execute. For example, if we want to open the calculator we execute the following command:

start  calculator:

Run it from PowerShell

We can also use PowerShelle to open the URI commands. The first thing will be to type “powershell” in the search box of the Start menu and run it with administrator rights.

Once the PowerShell window appears, we must execute the following command:

start <appURICommand>:

As with the Command Prompt tool, we must replace with the URI command of the application we want to run. For example, if we want to open the calculator we execute the following command:

start  calculator:

Open calculator with URI command from PowerShell

Open from Run dialog

Another very simple option to run URI commands is to use the Run dialog. To launch it, all you have to do is press the key combination “Windows + R” and it will appear automatically. In the window it will only be necessary to write the URI command of the application that we want to open. For example, if we want open the Calendar app we must write “Outlookcal:” and press «Enter». This will automatically open the Calendar application.

Open command URI from Run

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