Windows: Add App to Auto Start

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

You can have Windows automatically start any application or script when Windows starts.

All you have to do, is to create a file shortcut to the program or script path, and put it in the startup directory:

C:/Users/xah/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/Programs/Startup

Following is step by step details.

Find App's File Path

Press the ❖ Window key then type the app name.

Once you found it, right click the app, the select “More”, then select “Open file location”. It'll open the “Start Menu” folder that contains a shortcut of the app. (If there is no menu “Open file location”, it means the app can't run at startup.)

Windows 10 start 2021-03-30
Windows 10 start 2021-03-30

Open the Windows Startup Folder

Press ❖ Window+r to open the run dialog. Type “shell:startup”, then click OK button.

Windows 10 Run startup 2021-03-30
Windows 10 Run startup 2021-03-30

This opens the Startup folder at for example C:\Users\xah\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Copy File Shortcut to Startup Folder

Select the File Shortcut of the app, Ctrl+c to copy, then goto the startup folder, Ctrl+v to paste.

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