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Adding Programs and Apps to the Startup Folder in Windows 10

Summary: How to add apps to the startup folder in Windows 10 using simple steps and commands. Optimize startup programs for a faster boot and know the use of the shell startup command.

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Add apps to startup in Windows 10.


  1. You must create a shortcut of the app that you would like to add to start up. Drag and drop the app from the Start Menu to the desktop the shortcut of that app will be created on the desktop.

    Creating a Desktop shortcut
    Figure 1: Creating a Desktop shortcut

    Desktop Shortcut
    Figure 2: Desktop Shortcut

  2. Open Run command box by pressing the Windows logo + R keys. In the Run command field, type shell: Startup and then press Enter key to open Startup folder.

    Run Command Box
    Figure 3: Run Command Box

  3. Copy and paste the app shortcut from the desktop to this Startup folder and the app is added to startup.

    Startup Folder
    Figure 4: Startup Folder

Article Properties

Affected Product

Desktops & All-in-Ones, Laptops

Last Published Date

28 May 2024



Article Type

How To