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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:
- Create a desktop shortcut. 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).
- 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.
- 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.
What are you favorite Windows 10 tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments.