I think both words would similarly mean 'when'so I would like to know if there is any nuance between them and why they are written in different forms.



設定時 is read as せってい because 時 follows an on-yomi compound. There is no significant difference in meaning, but, as usual, on-yomi words sound more technical and stiff. In this case, I guess the writer simply preferred the shorter expression because it was in the parentheses. In addition, although 電源を入れたとき can be also rephrased as 電源【でんげん】投入【とうにゅう】時【じ】, this may be regarded as a bit too stiff in a documentation targeted at ordinary people these days.

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