How To Add Program To Startup In Windows 10 & 11 [Jump Start Apps]

Fortune Osinachi
Fortune Osinachi - Freelance Writer
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Adding a program to the startup list in Windows 10 & 11 is an easy way to ensure that the program will automatically launch when you start your computer.

This can be useful for programs that you use often, such as antivirus software or web browsers. The system administrator manages the startup folder.

In this article, you will learn how to add a program to startup in your Windows 10 or 11 computer using a few simple steps.

How To Add A Program To Startup In Windows 10 And 11

Adding a program to startup in your Windows 10 or 11 computer grants the app or program to run on the computer startup automatically.

Initially, the startup folder can be discovered from the Start menu. Lately, the startup folder on your Windows 10 or 11 can be found via your User file and All Users folder.

Add Program To Startup In Windows 10

To add a program or app to your Windows 10 computer is very easy and to do this, follow the guidelines below.

Step 1: Right Click on the App or Program

Navigate to the app or program you wish to add to the startup folder and right-click.

Step 2: Select Open File Location

On the follow-up options after right-clicking, select Open file location, then right-click the application, scroll down, and tap on Send to.

Step 3: Click on Send To

When you click on Send to, other options will display, click on Desktop (create shortcut). After that, the shortcut will be visible on your Desktop.

Step 4: Open File Explorer

Open your File Explorer, click on This PC, select Local Disk (C:), scroll down to Users, select the user account, then click on AppData, tap on Roaming, select Microsoft, scroll down to Windows, select Start Menu, Click on Programs, tap Startup and then move the app shortcut to Startup.

You can move the app by either left-clicking on the app shortcut you’ve created or copy and paste the shortcut to Startup.

After you must have done the about steps, turn off your computer and turn it on again to see the app launch automatically.

Add Program To Startup In Windows 11

Adding a program to startup on your Windows 11 computer is not so difficult if you know how. It only requires a few minutes to apply the steps below.

Step 1: Open Settings

Search and open the Settings app or use the Shortcut Window + I to open Settings.

Step 2: Click on Apps

From the Settings menu options, click on Apps to display other options.

Step 3: Scroll Down To Startup

When you click on Apps, scroll down and click on Startup to see apps to add to Startup.

Step 4: Turn On App(s)

To add apps to Startup, turn On the switch at the right side of all the apps you want to be in Startup.

The above method looks too easy. However, if the app you want to add to Startup doesn’t appear, you’ll have to create a shortcut for them. follow the next tip.

Add a Program To Startup in Windows 11 (CreateApp Shortcut)

Alternatively, you can add a program or app to the Startup folder by creating a shortcut in the Startup folder. To do this, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Search and Open Startup Folder

Quickly type and search for the Startup folder and open it.

Step 2: Click on New

When the Startup folder displays, click on New located at the top left to display other options and select Shortcut.

Step 3: Select Shortcut

On selecting Shortcut, you will be required to create a shortcut for the program or app you want to add to Startup.

Click on Browse and search for the location of the app or program, select it, and then click the OK option.

After that, the program has been added to the Startup folder. You can Restart your Windows 11 computer for the changes to take effect.


If you want a certain app or program to run automatically when the computer finishes booting, then adding it to the startup folder is the best way.

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By Fortune Osinachi Freelance Writer
Fortune Osinachi is an experienced freelance tech writer specializing in consumer technology. With 5 years of expertise, he delves into comprehensive guides for iOS, macOS, and Windows on Techvocast. His work also extends to prominent online media platforms including What Gadget, iGeekPhone, Xiaomitoday, and MobiGaming.
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