How To Add App To Startup In Windows 10?

Windows 10 provides Startup Folder in order to start applications automatically when the user logs in. The application or script which will be started automatically should be put inside the startup folder. Alternatively, a link to this app or script can be put inside the startup folder.

Open Startup Folder In Windows 10

The startup folder is a regular folder that is located under the user home directory. It can be opened in different ways but one of the most practical and easy ways is using the Windows Run and executing the shell:startup command. First, open the Windows Run with the WIN+R keyboard shortcut.


Then type and execute the following command.


The Windows Startup Folder will be displayed like below. As we can see that there is no application inside the startup folder in order to start automatically.

Windows 10 Startup Folder

Open Startup Folder via File Explorer in Windows 10

As stated previously Startup Folder is just a folder that is located under the user home directory. It can be also opened by using File Explorer. The current user name should be put which is “ismail” in this case to complete the Startup Folder path.

C:\Users\ismail\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

USER is the username of the current user.

Add Application to Startup Folder

In order to start an application or script automatically when the user login it should be located inside the startup folder. Alternatively, the link to the application or script can be located too. In the following example, we will use the Applications folder where different Windows tools are located in a folder to add into the Startup folder. Open the Application folder with the shell:appsfolder command via the Windows Run.

The Applications folder is like below where we can see that different Windows tools are listed like Command Prompt, Cortana, Event Viewer etc.

Just put by drag and drop into the Startup folder like below.

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