How to automatically start a program at Startup on any computer [Tip]

startupUsers can add their favorite programs to startup on any computer. Most of the programs that you install will be automatically added to the startup on any computer irrespective of whether it is MAC OS, Linux OS or Windows OS. The main purpose of adding your desktop application to startup is for the program to automatically pop-up when you start your machine.

Adding Programs to Startup on Any Computer Running the Windows OS

On the Windows 7 operating system, there is a folder named “Startup.” If you want to add a specific program to the startup folder on this system, you just need to find the shortcut of the program, copy the shortcut and then go to the startup folder and paste the shortcut there. Now your favorite program will be added at startup.

When adding a startup on any computer using the Windows 8 or 8.1 operating system, you won’t be able to find the “Startup” folder. So you have to go to Run> and enter the text “shell::startup” and then press the enter key. Now copy the shortcut of the program you want to add to startup. Now when you log in to the computer, the program at startup will automatically start without any issues.

If you are using Windows 10 operating system, then you just have to simply drag and drop the shortcut of the programs that you need to run automatically at startup to the folder “Windows>Start Menu> Programs> Startup.” In this way, it is easy for you to start a program at startup on any computer on the Windows 10 operating system.

Adding Programs to Startup on Any Computer Having the MAC OS

If you are using the MAC OS, and intend to add some programs at startup, go to “System Preference” and click on the “Users and Group” icon. Now click on “Login Items.” By clicking on the “+” button, you can add the programs that you want to run at startup. You can also drag and drop the shortcuts of the applications. Once you are done with adding the programs, when you restart the machine, these programs will automatically startup.

Adding Programs to Startup on Any Computer Using the Linux OS

If you are using the Ubuntu operating system, then you should open the Dash and enter the text “Start.” Now click on the “Startup Applications” shortcut to see the applications that are run automatically at the startup on your computer. By clicking on the button “Add,” you can add other programs that you want to run at startup.


You should ensure that there are not many programs added to startup. Adding programs at startup can reduce the performance of your system. Therefore, it is important to add only the necessary programs at startup on any machine. Follow the instructions above and depending on your operating system choose the most appropriate method to add your favorite programs to the startup on any computer.

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