Windows Startup: Simplified ways to Automatically Run Applications in 5 Steps

Posted on May 2, 2019

Most applications have options in their settings to be run on startup but some don't have. What if you want your favorite app to run on startup?

These instructions will help you to automatically run applications on Windows Startup and are applicable to Windows 10 but it may be applied to other Windows versions.

Here are the steps on how to make an application run on startup:

Check Status, Enable and Disable Windows Applications Running on Startup

Here are the ways to check if your apps are running on startup, you may also see all the apps that have options to be enabled/disabled from running automatically on startup:

  1. Select the Start ( ) button, then select Settings ( ) on the lower left side of the Start Menu, just right above the Power ( ) button.
  2. Navigate to Apps > Startup. Scroll up and down to see all the apps that are running on startup.
  3. Right-click the Start ( ) button and select Task Manager.
  4. Select the Startup tab. (If you don't see the Startup tab, select More Details.)
  5. Select the app you want to enable or disable by clicking the Enable/Disable button on the lower right side of the Task Manager window or right-click the app and select Enable/Disable.

Please note that some apps are required or needed (by other apps) so disabling them might affect the operation of other apps. Be sure to check if your applications are running perfectly after doing any changes.

Manually Add Apps to Windows Startup

Since some apps do not have an option to be run on startup, you can still make it run by manually adding it to the Startup folder. You can navigate to C:\Users\Profile Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. But here is another way to get to the Startup folder:

  1. Right-click the Start ( ) button and select Run. Or press Windows ( ) key + R on your keyboard.
  2. Type shell:startup on the Run dialog, select OK or press Enter key.

Place the app shortcut in the Startup folder:

  1. Select the Start ( ) button, then right-click the app, select More > Open file location. You can find in this folder the shortcut of the app.
  2. Copy the shortcut and paste it to the Startup folder.

To verify if the app is added to Startup, follow the Checking and Enabling Apps instructions above.

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