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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.

From the night light, easier troubleshooting, and the gaming section, Settings has seen some great improvements, alongside all the other exciting enhancements the Creators Update brings 7 New Windows 10 Features You May Have Missed 7 New Windows 10 Features You May Have Missed Every major Windows Update now comes with countless new options and features. Here we cover awesome new features that didn't make the headlines. Read More .

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. Below we’ve listed some new features of the Creators Update, along with where to find them on the Settings overview page.

1. Night Light

Third-party apps like F.lux have been around for a while, claiming to help improve your sleep habits Can F.lux & Night Shift Really Improve Your Sleep Habits? Can F.lux & Night Shift Really Improve Your Sleep Habits? Excessive use of computers, tablets, and smartphones can lead to deteriorated sleep quality -- but do apps like F.lux and Night Shift really counteract those effects? The science is pretty clear on this. Read More .

Now Microsoft has integrated the feature into Windows 10. Accessible via System > Display > Night light settings, the Night Light functionality Reduce Eye Strain and Sleep Better With This New Windows 10 Feature Reduce Eye Strain and Sleep Better With This New Windows 10 Feature In the Windows 10 Creators Update, you don't have to use a separate app to filter blue light at night. Here's how to turn on Night Light and save your eyes some trouble. Read More will change the color temperature of your screen.


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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

If you find yourself often struggling for free storage space How to Free Up Storage Space to Run Windows 10 How to Free Up Storage Space to Run Windows 10 Did you run out of space for Windows 10, but want to upgrade or add more apps and data? We have compiled resources that will help you free up disk space on and for Windows... Read More , or just want to keep things tidy, you’ll like the new Storage Sense feature.

Find it in System > Storage.

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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 aren’t 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’s enabled by default on System > Shared experiences and here you can also choose who you share or receive from. My devices only is more limited, while Everyone nearby will allow those in the vicinity to connect to your computer.

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4. Themes

This isn’t 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 Background and Sounds to customize them. Once satisfied, click Save theme to do exactly that. You can also click Get more themes in the Store to browse the growing collection of downloadable themes.

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5. Installing Apps

You can now choose where you download apps from. Microsoft claims that installing only apps from their official Windows Store The Best Windows 10 Apps The Best Windows 10 Apps Windows 10 Store apps have come a long way. Meanwhile, you can choose from a considerable selection, free and paid. We have picked out the ones worth your while. Read More will keep it running smoothly. This feature is likely most useful for those of you with multiple people using your computer.

To adjust this setting, go to Apps > Apps & features and use the Installing apps dropdown. Allow apps from anywhere 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.

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6. Dynamic Lock

Dynamic Lock is a feature that will automatically lock your computer The 6 Best Methods to Lock Your Windows PC The 6 Best Methods to Lock Your Windows PC Locking your computer is essential in preventing unattended access. Here are several great ways to do so in any version of Windows. Read More when it detects that your phone has moved away from it.

To get started, go to Devices > Bluetooth & other devices and then click Add Bluetooth or other device to pair your phone. When done, go back to Settings and go to Accounts > Sign-in options and tick Allow Windows to detect when you’re away and automatically lock the device.

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7. Gaming

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.

Game Bar allows you to enable the in-game overlay, along with changing the keyboard shortcuts to perform certain actions like taking a screenshot or turning your microphone on and off. Note, however, that the Game Bar can slow down your system Fix Low Game FPS in Windows 10 by Disabling This Feature Fix Low Game FPS in Windows 10 by Disabling This Feature There's a new feature in Windows 10 that could be having a significant impact on your gaming performance. Here's how to disable it. Read More . If you’re struggling with performance issues, try to disable this feature.

Game DVR 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 Mode lets you enable the self-titled feature, which supposedly helps improve your game performance.

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We’ve tested Game Mode to analyze those claims Can Windows 10 Game Mode Boost Performance? We Tested It! Can Windows 10 Game Mode Boost Performance? We Tested It! Can Windows 10 increase the performance of your games? Microsoft promises to increase gaming speeds and boost FPS with its new Game Mode. We tested how well it works. Read More , so check that out to decide if you want to use it.

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.

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If you click Restart options you can also choose to Show more notifications so you get a warning that the system is about to restart.

Finally, there’s 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.

For more information, check out our ultimate guide to controlling Windows 10 via Settings How to Control Windows 10: The Settings Guide How to Control Windows 10: The Settings Guide The Windows control panel is on its way out. Its replacement, the Settings app, has received a significant upgrade in Windows 10. We'll reveal all its secrets for you. Read More , which goes into full detail on every section.

What is your favorite new Settings feature? Is there something you’d like to see Microsoft add?

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  1. Jeff
    July 27, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    If I am trying to eliminate as much of the "Blue" light, (The light that interferes with sleep.), as possible which way do I slide the scale?

  2. Alan Trinder
    July 22, 2017 at 9:40 am

    New features are all well and good but there are still loads of things that need tweaking, things like windows 10 and skype when it come to audio volume. More time on sorting the bugs please.

    July 18, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I am from India where internet connectivity is slow. in windows 10 it auto update feature auto update any time so my youtube video run's in low resolution . is there any way to freeze or stop auto update it will big help for me.

    • Ian Hart
      July 22, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Easy! click on the windows icon or use the windows key, type services, click on the desktop app when displayed, scroll down to Windows update, right-click the service and click on stop, you can restart when you want.

  4. Davin Peterson
    July 17, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    In this update, they removed Display and Personalization from the Control Panel and moved it to settings.

    Microsoft is very slow in moving everything from Control Panel to Settings. I like Control Panel better.