Automatically Launch A Website Upon Boot

create a new shortcut

Most of us perform the same tasks each time we boot up the computer. Whether you go online to check the latest sports scores, or if you open Gmail to see if you have any new Emails, you can automate this task by having your computer launch that website for you as soon as you power up your PC. We do this by utilizing the Startup folder. The Startup folder can be used to launch Applications upon boot, but in this example we will be launching a website by placing a shortcut to a website in the that folder.

Launch A Website Shortcut Automatically

The first step in this process is to create a shortcut to the website.

create a new shortcut

You do this by right-clicking an empty area of your Desktop, and then by clicking New, then Shortcut.

type in the name of the website

The next step is to type in the location of the website. When done, click Next to continue.

The new shortcut will appear on your computer’s Desktop. In order to get it to launch at boot, we simply need to add it to the Startup folder in the Start menu.

open the startup folder in Windows

Go to Start>Programs and then right-click the Startup folder. Next, select Open from the menu.

drag the shortcut into the startup folder

Now that the folder is open, just drag the shortcut you created into the folder and drop it. Anything that resides in here will be looked at by Windows and launched, if possible, when booting.

In newer versions of Windows, such as Windows 10, the Startup folder is located in the AppData folder here:

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

AppData is a hidden folder, so you will need to reveal it by opening File Explorer and selecting the View tab and then tick the box beside Hidden Items.

Launch Multiple Websites When Booting

the favorites bar in IE

If you want to launch a group of websites at the same time, the easiest way to do this in the Edge browser is to add these websites to your Favorites bar. The Favorites Bar acts like tabs because it lists websites horizontally across the top of the Edge browser.

To do this, open Edge and navigate to the website you want to add to the Favorites bar. Next, click the Favorites’ Star icon in the Edge address bar . You should see an “Add to Favorites” drop down menu. Select “Add to Favorites bar.”

This will put the website up near the Edge address bar. Repeat this process to add as many sites as you want. Now when you boot-up the computer, Edge will launch with the websites you have selected to appear in your Favorites bar for easy access.

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2 thoughts on “Automatically Launch A Website Upon Boot”

    1. Hi Katty,

      The Startup folder in Windows 10 is located at C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

      You have to create the shortcut based on the instruction in the beginning of the article. Good luck.

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