Windows: How to Add an App to Auto Start

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Step 1. Press the ❖ Window key and scroll to find the app you want.

Step 2. 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

Step 3. Press ❖ Window+r to open the run dialog.

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

Step 4. Type “shell:startup”, then click OK button. This opens the Startup folder at for example C:\Users\xah\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Step 5. Select the shortcut of the app, Ctrl+c to copy, then goto the startup folder, Ctrl+v to paste.

Windows: Disable or Add App to Auto Start

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