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Chapter 6. Installing and Running Programs > Launching Programs Automatically

Launching Programs Automatically

The Start > All Programs > Startup folder contains programs that open automatically every time you start Windows. To save yourself a few clicks or keystrokes every time you log on, you can place your own shortcuts to programs or documents in this folder.

To open an item each time you start Windows:

1.
Choose Start > All Programs, right-click Startup, and choose Open.

Choose Open All Users (instead of Open) to change the Startup folder that applies to all users, not only yourself.

2.
In Windows Explorer or My Computer, navigate to the item that you want to open automatically.

You can select a disk, folder, program, or document.

3.
Right-drag the item to the Startup window; then choose Create Shortcuts Here (Figure 6.10).

Figure 6.10. Items in the Startup folder open automatically when Windows starts. It’s a common practice to put a My Documents shortcut in Startup.


4.
Close the windows you’ve opened.

From now on, the item opens each time you (re)start your PC or log on.


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