Microsoft continues to change the Windows 10 Settings with each release, eventually aiming to phase out Control Panel. With the Creators Update, we’re going to take a look to see what new Settings features are available.
If we’ve missed anything that you think is worth pointing out, head to the comments section and let us know.
Quick Tip: You can easily access Settings at any time by pressing Windows key + I.ÂBelow we’ve listed some new features of the Creators Update, along with where to find them on the Settings overview page.
1. Night Light
Now Microsoft has integrated the feature into Windows 10. Accessible via System > Display > Night light settings, the Night Light functionality will change the color temperature of your screen.
Click Turn on now and use the slider to adjust to your liking. You can set your own levels or schedule it to your local sunset by sliding Schedule night light to On.
2. Storage Sense
Find it in System > Storage.
Beneath Storage sense, slide to On to enable the feature. Then click Change how we free up space. Here you can choose to enable and disable particular functions. At the moment it only deletes temporary files that apps are using and files in the recycle bin for more than 30 days, but let’s hope it expands in a future update.
3. Shared Experiences
This feature launched with the Anniversary Update; you could begin a task on one device and continue on another. It originally only supported Microsoft devices but has now been extended to Android too, though the number of developers supporting it is minimal at the moment.
It enabled by default on System > Shared experiences and here you can also choose who you share or receive from. My devices only are more limited, while Everyone nearbyÂ will allow those in the vicinity to connect to your computer.
This is an entirely new feature per se, but the Creators Update has given it an improved interface and the nice ability to easily save your theme and switch between custom ones.
To get started, head to Personalization > Themes. Here you can click elements like Backgroundand Sounds to customize them. Once satisfied, click Save theme to do exactly that. You can also click Get more themes in the StoreÂ to browse the growing collection of downloadable themes.
5. Installing Apps
To adjust this setting, go to Apps > Apps & features and use the Installing app’s drop-down. Allow apps from anywhereÂ is the default, but you can also switch to Warn me before installing apps from outside the Store and Allow apps from the Store only.
6. Dynamic Lock
To get started, go to Devices > Bluetooth & other devicesÂ and then click Add Bluetooth or another device to pair your phone. When done, go back to Settings and go to Accounts > Sign-in options tick Allow Windows to detect when you’re away and automatically lock the device.
The Gaming section is brand new and has a whole host of customizable features. Some of this was available in the Xbox app previously, but now it’s more easily accessible via Settings.
lets you turn on background recording so that you never miss a great gaming moment, along with the ability to change how long this runs for and the capture quality.
Finally, Game ModeÂ lets you enable the self-titled feature, which supposedly helps improve your game performance.
8. Windows Update
Accessible via Update & security, some of the functionality here has been tweaked. If you use active hours, which stops your system restarting during a specific time period, you can now specify a range of up to 18 hours.
If you click Restart optionsÂ you can also choose to Show more notificationsÂ so you get a warning that the system is about to restart.
Finally, there a great new Troubleshoot section which will help you resolve all sorts of issues that you might be having with your system, like blue screens or network problems. Click the relevant troubleshooter and it’ll launch to try and automatically fix any issues.
Evolution of Windows 10 Settings
Windows 10 is an ever-evolving operating system and the Settings pages are going to keep changing. It’s a good idea to check in after every big update to see what new stuff is available.
What is your favorite new Settings feature? Is there something you’d like to see Microsoft add?