Windows 10 offers the same startup folder as previous versions. This folder contains shortcuts for applications that launch automatically when you sign in to your account. Auto-starting certain programs can enhance the overall computing experience and productivity for some users. Adding programs to Windows 10 startup may not be easy for all users. This article will walk you through the steps.
Understanding the Benefits Of Adding Programs To Startup
It’s important to know why you might want to include programs in startup before diving into the detailed process. You can save time by adding an application to the startup folder. Do not overload your startup folder as this can slow down your computer’s start-up time.
Find the Startup Folder
Open the Run Dialog
To add a program to the startup folder, you must first locate it. Open the Run dialogue box by pressing the
Windows Key + R.
Enter the startup folder path
shell :startup in the Run dialog box. This command opens the Startup folder of your user account.
Add Programs to Startup Folder
Create the Shortcut for the Desired Program
Right-click the application that you want to include in startup and select
Create shortcut. Accept the prompt to put the shortcut on your desktop.
Move shortcut to Startup Folder
Drag and drop the shortcut into the Startup folder you opened earlier.
Controlling Startup Programs with Task Manager
Windows 10 provides another way of managing startup applications via the Task Manager.
Open Task manager
To open Task Manager, press the
Shift + Ctrl + Esc simultaneously. Right-click the taskbar to select
Select the Startup Tab
Click on the
Startup Tab. This tab shows all of the applications set to launch with your system.
Enable and Disable startup programs
You can disable or enable any program from this list by selecting
Best Practices for Managing Startup Programs
Not all programs should be on the list of startup applications. It may seem convenient to have too many programs launch at startup, but it can actually slow down your computer. It’s best to keep your startup list short, and only include the applications that you use each time you start up your computer.
Check the startup tab of Task Manager to see the impact each application has on your system. Applications that have a
high impact on startup can significantly increase the boot time of your system. Disable such applications if you don’t need them for your everyday computing needs.
Windows 10 offers a way to simplify your computing experience by adding programs to the startup menu. It may take a little time to set up, but the time saved in the end is worth it. Remember to manage your startup programs wisely for optimal system performance.