How to Make Any App Launch at Startup in Windows 10

Nancy Messieh 20-10-2017

Is there a particular task you perform every morning on your computer the minute you get to work? It might be checking your email or reviewing website analytics.


You can save a little bit of time and effort by adding that first program you open every day on your computer, and having it automatically launch with your computer’s startup.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Create a desktop shortcut How to Create Windows Desktop Shortcuts the Easy Way Smart desktop shortcuts can save you mindless sifting through menus and folders. We show you quick & easy ways to create them. Read More . The first thing you’ll need to do is create a desktop shortcut for the app or program you want to launch with startup. You can do this by going to the Start menu and dragging the app to your desktop. You can also navigate to the folder in File Explorer, right click it and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut).
  2. Open the Run utility. You can do this either by typing Run in the Cortana search bar or using the keyboard shortcut Windows key + R. In the Run utility, type shell:startup and hit enter. The Startup folder in File Explorer will open.
    How to Make Any App Launch at Startup in Windows 10 Run Utility
  3. Copy the shortcuts. Either drag or copy and paste the shortcuts you’ve created to your Startup Folder. Now when you restart your computer, any shortcuts you’ve added to your startup folder will launch at startup.

If you want to view a specific website first thing when your computer starts, you can make that page your homepage, and add your browser of choice to your startup folder.

If you change your mind about which programs launch with your startup, you can either delete the shortcut from the Startup folder or you can go into the Task Manager and remove programs form the startup list This Easy Trick Makes Windows 10 Start Up Faster There are plenty of ways you can fix slow boot times on a Windows 10 computer, but one of the simplest things you can do only takes a few minutes of your time. Read More .

What are you favorite Windows 10 tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments.


Related topics: Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Faisal Reza
    June 3, 2019 at 1:02 am

    This doesn't work in update 1903. I can't run 'shell:startup'.
    It said 'windows cannot find shell:startup'. Anyone has the same problem?

  2. David Martchouk
    October 20, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Seems you made the process longer than it should be. I know at least in Windows 7 you can simply right click copy the app in start menu and then right click paste into the startup folder, no need to copy the app to the desktop first.