Windows 10 Tip: Make Apps or Files Launch Automatically During Startup

Wouldn’t it be nice to have them launched and ready to use when you start up your Windows 10 PC? Here’s how to do just that.

Do you have apps, files, or folders that you frequently use every day? Wouldn’t it be nice to have them launched and ready to use when you start up your Windows 10 PC? Here’s how to do just that by adding those items to the startup folder.

Automatically Run Apps During Boot

To open the Startup folder, hit the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + R to bring up the Run dialog and type: shell:startup and click OK or hit Enter.

Go back to the Run dialog, and this time type: shell:appsfolder and click OK.

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At this point, you should have both the Applications and Startup folders open. Now you need to drag and drop the shortcuts off the desktop or UWP apps you want to launch when Windows 10 starts. If you have an app that isn’t in the Windows 10 Apps folder for some reason, you need to drag its shortcut into the Startup folder.

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It’s also worth mentioning that you can also add shortcuts to files, folders, and websites, too. For example, if you need to work on an Office document every day, right-click the file, drag it over to the Startup folder and select Create shortcut here.

Startup Folder Windows 10

After you’ve added the items you need, closeout of the Startup folder, and the next time you power on your PC, you’ll see those apps and files launch automatically. You can even set items to launch minimized or full-screen, too. Right-click the shortcut and select Properties. Then under the Shortcut tab, change the Run drop-down to Maximized.


While setting this up will slow down the boot time (results will vary based on the apps), it’s a nice break from the tedious process of launching a bunch of the same apps or files individually every morning.

To help reduce boot time, try to keep the items you add to a minimum. Or, to help balance things out, check out our article on how to disable startup programs in Windows 10 using task manager.

Do you find that having your frequently used items launching at startup improves your productivity? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.



  1. Ziggy

    One could also use Starter by CodeStuff. The latest version is

  2. haro

    After many years using Microsoft OS and having shortcuts on my desktop, I never knew about the shortcut properties Run drop-down options! Thank you for this very useful article!

  3. Adrian

    It has worked well for me. Thank you.

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