Windows 10 Startup Programs: Folder Location, Add and Remove

Windows 10 Startup Programs: Do you know that loading all your apps with Windows startup makes them quicker to load when you want to use them? However, this may slow down Windows itself loading.

Windows 10 Startup Programs: Folder Location, Add And Remove

While a Windows PC will build up a collection of applications that automatically start when you first turn on the PC. Some which are useful and you might sometimes not remember to enable them manually. However, some programs have such an option in settings that lets you enable or disable the automatic start of the program when you turn on your PC without you having to add them to the Windows 10 Startup Programs.

But you must note that every program in the startup list adds a bit more time between you pressing the power button and your computer being ready to use.

Now we are going to be looking at how to locate this startup folder, add and remove programs.

Windows 10 Startup Folder Location

There are more than one methods of locating the startup folder.


#Method 1

  • First, you would have to copy this URL address: %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  • Then open your windows explorer or just press Win+E.
  • Now paste the link you copied into the address bar at the top.
  • Hit Enter

#Method 2

Another way to open Windows 10 startup folder is to use the Run dialogue

  • Press Win+R.
  • Now just type shell:startup in the space provided.
  • Click OK or press Enter.
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Add Programs Into Windows 10 Startup

It doesn’t necessarily have to be apps you put into the Windows startup. You can do the same even with a document, URL address or folder if you need. However, like earlier said, adding too many programs to the startup folder can make your PC boot slowly. But you can perform the following steps to add programs,

  • Open the Startup Folder using any method already explained above.
  • Now just copy a program, app, folder, document, link or anything else you would like to run automatically on Windows startup.
  • Paste the shortcut to the startup folder. That should take care of it for you. You can restart your PC to check if it actually works. Though it is supposed to.

Alternative Method

  • While still in the Startup Folder, right-click the empty area and select New -> Shortcut.
  • Now Browse the file or folder or enter URL and click Next.
  • Then you may have to give a name to your new shortcut and then click Next. Done.

Remove Programs From Windows 10 Startup

With all this-and-that being said, we should already have an idea on how to remove a program I guess. But let’s just quickly go over it to be sure.

  • Already, you know you have to be in your Startup Folder now. If not, navigate to the folder.
  • All already added apps, documents, and other programs will be shown here. Select the program you would like to remove.
  • Right-click on the program and select Delete or you can just press the Delete Key on your keyboard. That would be enough to do the trick.
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