Windows 10 startup folder. Add a program to Startup in Windows 10

You may want to add an app, a document or a folder to startup in Windows 10 so they automatically launch or open when the PC boots. Here is how to find the startup folder for a particular user and the startup folder for all users in Windows 10.

Windows 10 startup folder location. How to add a program to Startup in Windows 10

To place an app, URL or document to startup you should place its shortcut to user startup folder. By default it is located in:

C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

1. Press Win+R

2. Type

shell:startup

and press Enter:

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3. Copy the shortcut of a program or document:

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4. Paste the shortcut to startup folder:

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This is how it should be:

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How to add an app to startup for all users

If you wish the program to run at startup in all users accounts place a shortcut in common startup folder. In Windows 10 its default location is:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

1. Win+R

2. Type

shell:Common Startup

and press Enter:add-app-to-startup021

3. Copy the executive file or document.

4. Use Paste or Paste shortcut to place one to Common startup folder:

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Alternative method to create a shortcut in a startup folder

1. Right-click the empty area and select New -> Shortcut:

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2. Browse the file or folder or enter URL and press Next:

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3. Give a name to your new shortcut and press OK:

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1 comment

  1. If you substitute C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    for
    C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    you don’t have to enter in your username, it will automatically do it 🙂

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