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How to Add Apps to Startup on Windows 10

Some Windows apps will add themselves to startup after you have installed them. Some just don’t. If you have some apps that you use on daily basis and want them to be launched automatically every time you boot your computer, you can add them to startup.

There are at least three ways to manage startup on Windows 10. However, those methods only allow you to disable or enable startup. There is no option to add a new app. Windows 10 has prepared a specific folder named Startup. To add a new app to startup, you can copy the shortcut file of the app and paste it to this folder.

Follow the steps below to add an app to Windows 10 startup.

  • Open Run (Window+R) and type shell:startup then hit enter. This will open the location of the Startup folder.

  • Click the Windows start menu and select the app you want to add to startup. Right-click and select More -> Open file location. This will open the location of the shortcut file of the app.

  • Copy the shortcut file of the app and paste it to the Startup folder.

Your app has been added to Windows 10 startup. If the app you want to add to startup has no Open file location option when you right-clicking it on start menu, this means that it can’t run at startup.

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