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


and press Enter:


3. Copy the shortcut of a program or document:


4. Paste the shortcut to startup folder:


This is how it should be:


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:


Alternative method to create a shortcut in a startup folder

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


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


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



  1. If you substitute C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    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 🙂

  2. You can also skip that and just do
    %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

    The Environment Variable for Username\AppData\Roaming is just %AppData%

  3. You could also skip all of that and do what the post says, which is to type in “shell:startup”.

  4. Or you can skip all that and just stick with Win7.

    * yes, I know 10 is better, just wanted to add my very much unwanted 2 cents.
    Not like I can buy anything with it anyway 😉

  5. Or everyone can stop seeking attention and either do one of 5 choices;
    1. Follow the instructions of the post, or
    2. Do something else, or
    3. Write your own post, or
    4. Start whichever Windows-XX version you choose and select the application you want to open, or
    5. Go play video games, shoot hoops, solve Calculus equations, or watch TV; pick one

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