Tip of the week # 638
22 January 2021

Automatically start an application, such as Outlook (Windows 10) *

Wouldn't it be great to have certain programs, such as Outlook, start automatically when you turn on your PC? It worked swimmingly for many years when I was still using Windows 7, but the steps to set it up in Windows 10 are slightly different.

Here's how:

  1. Press the WIN key (or click the Start button) and type the name of the program you want to automatically launch. For example, Outlook.
  2. Right-click the App and select Open file location.
  3. Press WIN + R and type shell:startup
  4. Right-click and drag the program from the first window into the Startup folder and select Copy here (or use your favourite way to copy and paste the shortcut to the Startup folder).

Next time you turn on your PC your favourite program(s) will have launched by the time you get back with your first cuppa! And if you combine it with tip 600 (see below) it will even have opened your calendar.

Related tips
1. Open your Calendar by default : tip_600.php
2. Automatically start an application such as Outlook or - my favourite! - Sticky Notes - Windows 7 : tip_380.php


* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.