As a general rule, when we sit in front of the PC, the first thing we do is start the Windows 10 computer. Therefore, in the event that we want to run an application or open a file when the system starts, we can add them to the system’s startup folder.
Likewise, any application that is set to run on startup is added to this same folder, but let’s see how to customize it. And it is that normally most of the applications that need to be executed when the system starts already have a built-in option to do so. That said, whatever is in the startup folder that we are going to look at, it will run when the Windows PC boots .
Therefore, if you want these actions to be carried out, next we will see how to add elements by modifying this Windows 10 startup folder . In principle, the most important thing we need to know about this folder is its location. Therefore, in order to locate ourselves in this home folder that interests us, we use the “Win + R” key combination. In the new dialog box that will appear on the screen, we enter the command “shell: startup” and click on Enter.
What this does is open the home folder, but the one used for the current user, not for the rest, if there are any on the system. As it is easy to think, at this moment any element of the disk unit that we move to that window will be executed when we log on to the computer.
Customize the items that will run when Windows 10 starts
In the event that we have other users configured in the system, these elements will not be executed at startup for them. If we want to add items to the home folder for all users, the steps to follow will be different. For this, that is, to have an application or a file open every time any user, new, old or existing, starts Windows, we access the File Explorer.
Once here, in the navigation bar at the top we can paste the following path: “C: ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartUp”. This corresponds to the home folder of all users, so the elements that we place here will be different from those that we put in the home folder for a single user. First of all we must bear in mind that to make changes in this second option, obviously we will need administrator permissions.
It is also important to know that applications that have a built-in option to run at startup, we will not see them in these folders. If we want to disable these, that is something that we can do from the Task Manager, specifically in the “Start” tab. For example, what is explained here will be very helpful so that when Windows 10 starts up, certain documents with which we usually work are opened directly .
What this will do is that we save time in the start-up of the system, and therefore we gain in productivity when working in Windows 10.