How to Configure Shortcuts to Open System Properties in Windows 11

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Windows 11’s Settings app has an About page that lists all of your PC’s system properties. The page includes basic system specs, version, edition, and build information of the Windows operating system. Users will sometimes need to consult its information to check how their PCs match the system requirements of a program before installing it.

The slowest way to open System Properties is to navigate to Settings. However, it is best to configure shortcuts that directly open the system properties information. Here’s how you can create different types of shortcuts to the About page in Windows 11.


How to Add System Properties Shortcut to Desktop

The desktop area is where most users stick their shortcuts. This makes it a prime place to include a System Properties shortcut alongside other shortcuts, like the Recycle Bin. You can set up a system properties desktop shortcut in about a minute like this:

  1. Right-click any part of the Windows desktop area to select the New submenu.
  2. Select Shortcut to display a wizard for adding desktop shortcuts.
  3. Enter the following command in the location box:
    explorer.exe ms-settings:about
  4. Hurry Next to display the last step of the wizard.
  5. Clear default shortcut title and type System properties to replace him.
  6. Select Finish to add the System Properties shortcut to the Windows desktop.
  7. Double click on the System properties desktop shortcut to display the About page in Settings.


The System Properties shortcut will have a folder icon because its target location includes explorer.exe. You can add a more appropriate computer icon by right-clicking the shortcut and selecting Properties > Change icon. Choose PC icon and click OKAY > Apply save.

How to Add System Properties Shortcut to Windows 11 Start Menu and Taskbar

Setting up a desktop shortcut will allow you to add the About page to the Start menu and taskbar. Add a System Properties shortcut to the desktop as shown for the previous method, then right-click it to select Show more options. You can select Pin to taskbar Where Add to start menu classic menu options.

When you’ve pinned this shortcut, you’ll see its icon on the taskbar or at the front of the Start menu depending on the option selected. You don’t need to keep the System Properties shortcut on the desktop after pinning it to the taskbar or Start menu. To remove the one from the desktop, right-click its icon and select the trash can (Wipe off) option.

How to configure a system properties shortcut key

You can assign a keyboard shortcut to open system properties to its desktop shortcut. However, it’s slightly unnecessary to do this when Windows 11 already has a keyboard shortcut that opens the About page. press the the Windows + Pause keys at the same time to display the About page in Settings.

However, not all keyboards include the Pause key these days. Some companies (such as Dell) have given up Pause on their keyboard models. If you can’t find a To break to press, set up a custom keyboard shortcut for system properties like this:

  1. Follow the steps in the first method in this guide to create a System Properties shortcut on your desktop.
  2. Right-click the About page desktop shortcut and select Properties.
  3. Then select the box labeled “Shortcut Key” by clicking inside.
  4. Hurry S (for the system) to establish a CTRL + Other + S keyboard shortcut to open the About page.
  5. Click on the window Apply button to set the hotkey.
  6. Exit the About page shortcut properties window by clicking close.


By pressing the CTRL + Other + S The hotkey will now open the system property details in settings. Remember that the About page’s keyboard shortcut depends on its desktop shortcut. Deleting the System Properties desktop shortcut will also remove the key combination that was added to it.

The desktop context menu is an undeniably handy context menu that can include all sorts of custom shortcuts. An option to open System Properties would be a nice addition to this menu. You can configure such a shortcut by creating a registry script that adds a Windows.SystemPropertiesWindows.SystemPropertiesWindows.SystemPropertiesWindows.SystemProperties registry key in the following steps:

  1. press the Earn + S keyboard shortcut to open windows search.
  2. Type a Notepad keyword in the file search box and select the result.
  3. Then copy this text for your system properties registry script by selecting it and pressing CTRL + VS:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDesktopBackgroundShellWindows.SystemProperties]
    "CanonicalName"="{43D4846B-3DFE-4949-8BB7-8E5AC3964575}"
    "CommandStateHandler"="{E410F8AE-00A1-4A1B-8247-924705718354}"
    "CommandStateSync"=""
    "Description"="@shell32.dll,-31295"
    "FolderHandler"="{0AC0837C-BBF8-452A-850D-79D08E667CA7}"
    "Icon"="shell32.dll,-16778"
    "MUIVerb"="@shell32.dll,-31294"
    "VerbHandler"="{4c202cf0-c4dc-4251-a371-b622b43d592b}"
    "VerbName"="SystemProperties"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDesktopBackgroundShellWindows.SystemPropertiescommand]
    "DelegateExecute"="{E410F8AE-00A1-4A1B-8247-924705718354}"

  4. To enter the script in Notepad, select the Edit and Dough options.
  5. Select Case in the Notepad menu bar.
  6. Click it Save as option to bring up a window to save the files.
  7. Then select the All the files option that you will find on the save as type menu.
  8. To input System Properties.reg in the name text box and save it to desktop.


Now double click on the System Properties.reg script file saved on your desktop to run it. Select Yes to confirm that you’re sure you’ve run the registry script (don’t worry, we’ve checked it).

Now go see your new System properties context menu option. press the Gap + F10 keyboard shortcut to bring up the classic context menu on the desktop (or right-click and select Show more choice). Then select System properties from there to view the About page.

If you change your mind about having a System properties in the context menu, you can remove the shortcut by deleting its registry key. To do this, open the Windows Registry Editor (see our guide to opening Regedit for more information). Go to this Windows.SystemPropertiesWindows.SystemPropertiesWindows.SystemPropertiesWindows.SystemProperties registry key location:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDesktopBackgroundShellWindows.SystemProperties

Eradicate the Windows.SystemPropertiesWindows.SystemPropertiesWindows.SystemPropertiesWindows.SystemProperties key by clicking on it with the right mouse button and selecting a Wipe off context menu option. A Confirm deletion of the key dialog box will open asking for confirmation. Select Yes if you are sure you have selected the right key to delete.

Configure shortcuts for more direct access to system properties

These are four great ways to make system properties information more directly accessible in Windows 11. You can immediately open the About page when you need it with a desktop shortcut, taskbar, Start menu, the keyboard or the contextual menu. Add any type of shortcut to open system properties that you prefer.

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