Launch Programs at Startup

You can automatically launch programs at startup. We usually talk about removing programs and processes from starting up at boot. But what if you want something to load each time you startup your computer? It is a scientific fact (not really) that humans have a predetermined amount of clicks in their index finger. If we exhaust that amount by doing redundant tasks each day, such as, launching the same programs each time we boot, our finger will eventually be unable to bend in the clicking gesture. Therefore, it is best to save your clicking capabilities and launch popular programs automatically each time you reboot Windows.

How To Launch Programs at Startup

The simplest way to automatically launch programs at startup is to right-click the icon that launches the program you usually execute and select “create shortcut.” Left click once to grab that icon and slide it down to the Start menu, then up to Programs, then over the Start up folder and drop it in there. You can put as much in there as you want, but we recommend keeping it light. For instance, I always immediately load Outlook and IE each time I boot up. So I created start-up shortcuts for both of them and dropped them into the startup folder. Each time I restart Windows they automatically load. This saves me two clicks per day, or over 700 clicks a year. I can spend the time I save clicking on maybe taking a power nap, pondering my existence, or maybe even doing a single push-up. No matter what you do with the time you save clicking, it will not be wasted on redundant tasks.

Launch Programs at Startup

Launch Programs at Startup Tips

You can also control how these programs launch by right-clicking the shortcuts and selecting Minimized, Maximized or Normal from the Run dialogue box. So if you want them to launch minimized on the taskbar, you’ll want to select Minimized. Normal mode allows then to launch and open without taking up your entire Desktop real estate. If you have questions on how to launch programs at startup, let us know or read our other computer tips.