How to manage startup programs in Windows & Mac

By Deepak Saxena October 18, 2016 How To

You must have often noticed that some programs start automatically the moment your PC comes to life. These programs take time to load and in turn increase your System’s startup time.

Most of the times, you probably don’t want these programs to auto-run during the startup. Instead, you would have been better served if programs of your choice would auto-start during the PC boot.

So here’s a comprehensive handbook to address both:

  • Getting rid of unwanted programs that load automatically.
  • Setting up your favorite programs to auto-start as soon as your System loads.

Follow these simple steps to manage the auto-start feature in Windows

  1. Press Windows + ‘R’ key on the keyboard and you will see a run dialog box.
  2. Please type shell:startup in run dialog box and hit enter.
  3. A folder will open. You simply need to paste the shortcuts of your favorite apps in this folder.
  4. Restart your computer and your favorite program will be started on windows start up.

Similarly, you can delete a shortcut from this startup folder to stop it from auto-run. This will also help your system to boot faster.

In the case of Windows 10, you can drag-drop shortcuts to the startup folder from the list of ‘all apps’ present in the start menu.

For Mac Users

If you are working on the Mac OS, you can also choose which programs to run at startup. Mac OS has the interface which allows you to disable startup programs. In the same interface, you can also add custom apps to start automatically on start up. Here are the steps for doing this on Mac.

Step 1: Click on apple menu and select system preferences.

Step 2: Click users and group icon.

Step 3: Now click ‘login items’ tab.

Step 4: There are + and – buttons at the bottom. You can add and remove applications from here to load during startup. Alternatively, you can drag and drop applications in this list and they will start automatically on sign up.

Some websites suggest other ways to launch a program on Windows startup. For example, it can be done by editing a registry but this is the simplest way to do this. If you will go and edit registry it can be difficult for you because sometimes editing a wrong registry may result in System failure.

So now that you know the trick to set up auto-run on your System, enjoy an optimum and smooth startup.




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Deepak Saxena

"Deepak Saxena is a writer and blogger for The Phone Support. He loves to explore hidden features of the devices around him. Many of his articles are helpful to troubleshoot tech relates issues. Being a technical writer he keeps an eye on emerging technical trends and new features or updates releasing on daily basis. His articles are well to do for both tech savvy and non tech savvy audience."