Weekly Computer Tip # 380
16 November 2012

Automatically start an application such as Outlook or - my favourite! - Sticky Notes
(Windows 7)

Wouldn't it be great to have certain programs such as Outlook or - my favourite! - Sticky Notes (more about that later) start automatically when you turn on your PC?

Here's how:

  1. Click the Start button (or press the WIN key).
  2. In the search box type Sticky Notes (actually, just typing Sticky will be enough) or the name of the program you would like to start automatically.
  3. Right-click the program and select Open file location.
  4. Click the Start button (or press WIN), click All Programs.
  5. In the list of programs right-click the Startup folder (the list is alphabetical, so as long as you are not dyslexic you should be fine) and select Open.
  6. Right-click and drag the program from the first window into the Startup folder and select Create Shortcuts here.

Next time you turn on your PC your favourite program(s) will have launched by the time you get back with your first cuppa!

By the way, Sticky Notes are like little Post-it Notes (but less expensive! ;) and I use them to write my to-do lists. They are very user-friendly, but if you are struggling to get to grips with them, just give a shout.