How to access the Windows 10 startup folder

Windows 10 moved the Startup folder out of the spotlight, but it can still be found if you know where to look. It contains apps that run when you sign in to your computer.

Start folder vs. Settings app

To prevent apps from starting when you sign in, you should probably use the Launch Apps screen in the Windows 10 Settings app. Here you can turn apps on or off that should be run at startup. It works well and shows some apps that don’t appear in the Startup folders, but you can still access them.

To the exampleIf you want an application to start every time you log into your computer, you can add a shortcut to the Startup folder.

How to manage startup programs in the Windows 10 Settings app

How to open the startup folder

There are two locations you need to know to find the Startup folder. One is used to determine which apps are started on your personal account, the other is for all users. Programs stored in these folders are started when the PC is started. In general, you should put shortcuts in this folder, not EXE files.

First, use the Windows + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run menu. Enter one of the following in the field and press Enter or click on “OK”.

  • Personal user path: Shell: start
  • All user path: Shell: joint start

Enter    the phrase and click OK.


The Startup folder will open immediately, and you’ll likely see a number of folders and program shortcuts.

Top: You can type the above paths in the File Explorer address bar instead of using the Run dialog box if you prefer.

Start folder

You can drag and drop the program shortcuts from this folder to start them at startup or to prevent them from starting. It’s very easy. The new method in Settings works for most cases, but this folder method is more flexible as you can add pretty much any shortcut that you can’t through the Settings app.

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