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Chapter 2. Working with Windows Programs > Changing the Way a Program Starts

Changing the Way a Program Starts

If you start a program, such as your e-mail program, every time you start Windows, you can save some time by adding the program to the Startup folder. The contents of the Startup folder appear on the Startup submenu on the All Programs menu. Every time you start Windows, the programs in the Startup folder automatically start. Sometimes a program installs a program to the Startup folder. If you don't want the program automatically starting with Windows, you can remove it from the Startup folder.

Add a Program to the Startup Submenu

Click the Start button, and then locate the program you want to add to the Startup submenu.

Hold down the Ctrl key, and then drag the program on top of the Startup item on the All Programs submenu.

Using the Ctrl key copies the program to the Startup submenu.

When the Startup submenu opens, drag the program onto the submenu, and then release the mouse button and the Ctrl key.

The next time Windows XP starts, the program will start.


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