Do you tend to open the same set of apps every day after starting your PC? If so, you’d be happy to know that Windows 11 offers more than one way to automate this task. Whether it’s a browser, program, or software, you can use the methods in this guide to configure them to run at startup.
By default, Windows already runs a few essential apps and services every time you start your PC, but you can always add other apps to this list. In this article, we will tell you different ways to run apps at startup on Windows 11. So, without further ado, let’s check them out.
1. Change app settings
Probably the easiest way to run an app on startup is to change its built-in settings. Several applications such as Spotify, Telegram, Microsoft Teams, etc. have built-in parameters that you can configure to launch on startup.
If your favorite app doesn’t have such a setting, you can always use the methods below to run them on startup.
2. Use the Settings app
Another way to enable an app to run at startup is to use the Settings app on Windows 11. This method can be useful if you want to change the startup behavior of multiple apps at once. Here’s how.
Step 1: Open the start menu and click the gear icon to open settings. Alternatively, you can use Windows key + I shortcut to quickly launch the Settings app.
2nd step: Use the left pane to navigate to the Applications tab and click Startup.
Step 3: Enable the switch next to an app to set it to run on startup.
Make sure you don’t run too many apps on startup, as this can cause issues like slower startup times or faster battery drain in Windows 11.
To get a good idea of a startup app’s impact on Windows 11, try sorting apps by their startup impact. Consider avoiding high-impact apps for the best experience.
3. Use Startup Folder
Startup Folder is a utility that comes with most versions of Windows. You can use it to launch programs, run scripts, etc. Here’s how.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to launch the Run dialog box. In the Open field, type shell:startup and press Enter.
2nd step: Click the New menu in the upper left corner and select Shortcut from the list.
Step 3: Use the Browse button to locate and select the executable file of a program you want to run. Then press Next.
Step 4: Write an appropriate name for the shortcut and click Finish.
Alternatively, you can also drag and drop the app shortcut into the startup folder.
4. Use Task Scheduler
Task Scheduler is arguably the most underrated utility in Windows. Whether you want to empty the Trash regularly, shut down your PC in time, or launch a program on startup, Task Scheduler can help you automate almost any task on your computer.
Here’s how to use Task Scheduler on Windows 11 to run apps at startup.
Step 1: Open the Start menu, type Task scheduler in the search box, then select the first result that appears.
2nd step: Right-click on the Task Scheduler Library folder on your left and select the New Folder option. Give this folder an appropriate name, such as “Startup Applications”.
Step 3: Select the newly created folder and open the Actions menu at the top to select “Create Basic Task”.
Step 4: Enter a name and a short description for the task. Then press Next.
Step 5: You will be asked to set a trigger for the task. As we want the applications to run at startup, select When the computer starts and click Next.
Step 6: On the Action tab, select the Start a program option and click Next.
Step 7: Use the Browse button under Program/Script to select the executable file of a program you want to run. Then click Next.
Step 8: Finally, review the task details before clicking Finish.
That’s it. Windows will launch the application each time you start your PC. You can repeat the same steps above to create more tasks and launch other apps on startup.
Allowing apps to run on startup can help you get to work right away. Although it may not seem like much, it can relieve you of the mundane task of opening the same apps every day. So, which of the above methods did you like the most? Share your opinion in the comments below.