Not all programs have such an option in settings that lets you enable or disable the automatic start of the program when you turn on your PC. But you may want to add programs to startup in Windows 10 and make them automatically launch when the PC boots up to a user account. By the way, it’s not only about apps. You can do the same even with a document, URL address or folder if you need. Here is an ultimate guide on how to find the startup folder for a particular user or for all users and make a program run at startup in Windows 10.
Before we start explaining the boring process it should be mentioned that some programs have a special option in their settings called “load when Windows starts”, “launch when system starts” or something alike. Thus, all you need to do is go to the program’s setting, enable the auto-start option and that’s all. No shortcuts needed:
For programs that don’t have such parameter read the rest of the tutorial on how to find the startup folder and change startup programs in Windows 10.
Windows 10 Startup Folder Location
If you want to add a program, URL or document to startup you should place its shortcut to user startup folder. By default it is located in:
How to Quickly Open the Startup Folder in Windows 10, 8, 7
- Copy this address:
- Press Win+E to open Windows 10 Explorer.
- Paste it into the address bar:
- Hit Enter:
Another way to open Windows 10 startup folder is to use the Run dialogue:
- Press Win+R
- Click OK or press Enter:
How To Add Programs To Startup In Windows 10
You may put shortcuts to various items into this directory. But be cautious: adding too many programs to the startup folder can make your PC boot slowly (especially if you are still using a classic hard disk drive as your system disk).
Perform the following steps:
STEP 1. Open the Startup Folder using any method explained above.
STEP 2. Copy a program, app, folder, document, link or anything else:
STEP 3. Paste the shortcut to startup folder:
This is how it should look like:
How To Add A Program To Startup In Windows 10 For All Users At Once
If you wish to set a program to run on startup for all users accounts, create its shortcut in common startup folder. In Windows 10 its default location is:
You can open it by the path:
%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp or using the Run dialogue as we explain below.
- Press Win+R.
- Press Enter:
- Copy the executive file or document.
- Use Paste or Paste shortcut to place one to Common startup folder:
Alternative Method To Create A Shortcut In Startup Folder On Windows 10
- Right-click the empty area and select New -> Shortcut:
- Browse the file or folder or enter URL and press Next:
- Give a name to your new shortcut and press OK:
How to Make Modern Apps Run on Startup in Windows 10
You can also add Modern apps from Microsoft Store to startup folder. Follow the steps:
- Open the startup folder: press
- Open the Modern apps folder: press
- Drag the apps you need to launch on startup from the first to the second folder and select Create shortcut:
- Open the startup folder: press
Now restart your computer and check if your program, app or another item you specified runs correctly as you log in to the user account (or as soon as your PC signs in automatically as we explained here).
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