How to set shortcuts to open system properties in Windows 11

The Windows 11 Settings app has an About page that lists all of your PC’s System Properties. The page includes basic system specifications, Windows operating system version, edition, and build information. Users will sometimes need to look at their information to verify how well their PCs match up with a program’s system requirements before installing it.

The slow way to open System Properties is to navigate through Settings. However, it is better to configure shortcuts that open the System Properties information directly. This is how you can create different types of shortcuts to the About page in Windows 11.


How to Add a System Properties Shortcut to the Desktop

The desktop area is where most users place 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 anywhere on the Windows desktop area to select the New submenu.
  2. Select Shortcut to open a wizard for adding shortcuts to the desktop.
  3. Enter the following command in the location box:
    explorer.exe ms-settings:about
  4. Press next to display the last step of the wizard.
  5. Clear default title and shortcut entry System properties to replace it.
  6. Select To finalize to add the System Properties shortcut to the Windows desktop.
  7. Double click on the System properties desktop shortcut to view the About page in Settings.


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

How to Add a System Properties Shortcut to the 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 explained in the method above, and then right-click to select show more options. You can choose Pin to taskbar either Pin to Start menu Classic menu options.

When you’ve pinned that shortcut, you’ll see its icon on the taskbar or in 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 desktop, right-click its icon and select the trash can (Erase) option.

How to configure a system properties hotkey

You can assign a hotkey to open System Properties to your desktop shortcut. However, there is no point in doing so when Windows 11 already has a keyboard shortcut that opens the About page. press the windows + pause pause keys at the same time to bring up the About page in Settings.

However, not all keyboards include the pause pause key these days. Some companies (such as Dell) have abandoned pause pause on their keyboard models. If you can’t find a Break button to press, set a custom System Properties hotkey like this:

  1. Follow the steps in the first method of this guide to create a System Properties shortcut on your desktop.
  2. Right-click the About page desktop shortcut and select Properties.
  3. Next, select the box labeled “Shortcut Key” by clicking inside it.
  4. Press yes (for system) to set a Control + alternative + yes 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.


pressing the Control + alternative + yes The hotkey will now open the system property details in Settings. Don’t forget that the About page shortcut key depends on your desktop shortcut. Deleting the desktop shortcut from System Properties will also remove the keyboard shortcut that was added to it.

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

  1. press the win + yes keyboard shortcut to open Windows Search.
  2. Write a Pad keyword in the file search box and select the result.
  3. Then copy this text to your System Properties log script by selecting it and pressing Control + C:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Windows.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_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Windows.SystemProperties\command]
    "DelegateExecute"="{E410F8AE-00A1-4A1B-8247-924705718354}"

  4. To enter the script in Notepad, select the Edit Y Paste options
  5. Select Proceedings in the Notepad menu bar.
  6. Click on the Save as option to open a window to save files.
  7. Then select the All the files option you will find in the save as type menu.
  8. Input System properties.reg in the name text box and save it to the 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 to run the registration script (don’t worry, we’ve checked it).

Now go see your new System properties context menu option. press the Change + F10 hotkey to open the classic context menu on the desktop (or right-click and select Show more options). 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 so, open the Windows Registry Editor (see our guide to opening Regedit for more information). Look this Windows.SystemProperties registry key location:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Windows.SystemProperties

eradicate the Windows.SystemProperties key by right-clicking and selecting a Erase context menu option. A Confirm key deletion A dialog will open asking for confirmation. Select Yes if you are sure you have selected the correct key to delete.

Configure shortcuts for more direct access to system properties

Those are four great ways you can make System Properties information more directly accessible in Windows 11. You can instantly open the About page when needed with a desktop shortcut, taskbar, Start menu , the keyboard or the context menu. Add any kind of shortcut to open System Properties that you prefer.

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