How to Add Apps to Startup in Windows 10 [2020 Updated]

Adding an app to startup in Windows is done to make the app readily available for you when you start up your PC. Though not all the programs have the setting to enable or disable it automatically when the PC is started. But Windows 10 cover it up for you. It provides the setting to add program to startup windows 10 so that when you start your pc, that particular program will open automatically. Now if you are wondering how to add a program to startup Windows 10 then you are at the right place reading the right article. Not only the app but you can add programs, URLs, files, folder, or document to make them handy for you. In this article, I will cover up the steps on how to add a program to startup Windows 10. Not only add but you can also remove the app already added to Startup.

It should be noted that there is a special option such as ‘Load when windows start’ or ‘launch when the system starts’ in the settings of some programs. You simply need to set the auto-enable option in the program’s settings.

What Programs Can I Add To Startup in Windows 10?

Windows 10 allows you to add the programs to startup but below-listed programs are recommended to add to startup for the safety of your computer and saved data:

Though Windows10 protects against the external attack if you have disabled these default applications and have installed other protection software of your choice then ensure that that software opens up automatically as soon as your PC starts. This can be done by adding these software programs to Startup and make sure that your computer stays safe from external malware attacks.

If you have installed some backup software on your PC then you should add the software to Startup in Windows 10. This will ensure that you will not need to turn on your backup software and your data remains safe.

There are some apps or programs such as VPN programs or clipboard managers that you use regularly. These should be added to Startup in Windows 10.

Add Apps To Startup in Windows 10

There are many methods that you can use to add an app to startup Windows 10 but I will discuss two of the most used methods. These are very easy and I will explain the methods step by step so that anyone can do it like a pro. 

There are 2 methods to add an app to startup in Windows 10. You need to open the Startup folder for this. The startup folder is a hidden system folder that is present at location %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. This will be visible only if you have the setting to show hidden files. There is no need to navigate to the above-mentioned path but use the easy method which is using the shell command. You can open any hidden folder using shell command from Run dialog if you know the name of the folder. Click Windows + R then type shell:startup in the Run dialog and press enter.

Method 1: Using The Windows Startup Folder

Now follow the steps that allow you to add the app to startup in Windows 10 using the Startup method:

Step 1: Open the Startup folder present at the below location. Copy the path.

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Step 2: Open the Windows 10 Explorer by pressing the keys Win + E.

Step 3: Paste the copied path in the address bar.

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Step 4: Click on the Enter button.

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Step 5: Copy the link of the app you want to add to startup.

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Step 6: Paste the copied link to create the shortcut.

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After adding the shortcut, it will look something like this:

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Method 2: Shell scripting method by opening Startup using the Run Dialog

Step 1: You need to right-click on the Start button and Hit on Run button or click Windows + R buttons on your keyboard.

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Step 2: Type shell:startup and hit on OK to open the Startup Folder, in the run command window on your PC.

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Step 3: Now, open Run Command again and type shell:appsfolder and hit a click on OK for opening the modern apps folder on your PC.

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Step 4: Search for the app you want to start up with your PC, in the apps folder and drag it to the Startup folder.

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From now onwards, when you turn on your PC, it will open the Program and App you have added to the Startup folder.

Adding a Program To Startup in Windows10

Adding any Word, Excel, or any other File to Startup in Windows 10 is as same as adding Programs and Apps to Startup in Windows 10. Below are the steps by which these programs are added to these programs that allow you to add to startup Windows 10:

Step 1: Hit the Right-click on the File and click on Create Shortcut option in the menu.

    

Step 2: Now, you need to open the Run command > type shell:startup and hit on OK option to open the Startup Folder.

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Step 3: Next, you need to drag the Shortcut you have already created into the Startup Folder.

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Note: You can copy the shortcut into the Startup folder by using Cut/Paste or Copy/Paste commands.

How To Remove App From Startup in Windows 10

The Program or APP can be removed from the Startup folder any time and it helps in preventing the program from the automatic start with your PC. As an example, you used to work on the Notepad file daily so you added it to startup but now you do not need it anymore to get this open automatically, using the below steps, you can remove the added app from the startup in Windows 10:

Step 1: You need to open Run Command, type shell:startup and hit a click on OK option to open the Startup folder on the PC.

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Step 2: Right-click on the Program in the Startup folder, and hit a Delete button to remove the program from the Startup Folder.

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Note: Make sure that you do not add so many apps to the startup as it may slow down your PC.

Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's)

I hope now you have understood the process of adding and removing apps, files, programs, etc to Windows 10. If you still have the questions, then please go through the below frequently asked questions, I am sure that you will get all the queries resolved from these FAQs.

 Q1) I find it very boring to open outlook daily after I open my PC. Can you please tell me how to add a program to a startup?

 Ans: It is easy to add your outlook app to startup, so you do not need to open it manually again and again. I have already explained the steps above in this article. It will open the outlook as soon as your PC startup.

 Q2) Can I remove the app already added to startup in Windows 10?

 Ans: Of course, you can. I have shared the steps above, you just need to go through them and you are good to go.

Q3): Does Windows 10 add the program to startup?

 Ans: Yes, you can add startup program windows 10. It has already been explained above in the article.

 Q4): I am not able to find the startup folder on my PC. Please help?

 Ans: The Startup folder is hidden in the PC. I have mentioned the path of the startup folder in method 1, but make sure that your PC has the settings to show the hidden folders. Alternatively, you can use the shell scripting method to add an app to a startup, which is an easy method.

Conclusion

Windows 10 has many new features to ease your life and to add program to startup is one such pro that Windows 10 has to offer. There are some programs or apps that you open as soon as you start your PC up, Windows 10 allows you to add them to startup so that these apps load automatically as soon as the PC starts. These can be Outlook or some excel file or anything. You simply have to follow the steps that I shared in this article and get rid of opening the programs and apps manually. I hope this article helped get all the query resolved related to the adding programs and apps to startup in Windows 10.



Sean

Sean

My name is Sean and I started this project in 2020. It has been growing ever since. I am a serial tech entrepreneur and a tech geek. My experience in blogging and technology helps me understand what type of content people are looking for and I intend to provide the information in the best possible way.

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