How to Make an Application Start Automatically in Windows Vista - dummies

How to Make an Application Start Automatically in Windows Vista

By Nancy C. Muir

Having programs automatically open when you start Windows Vista is handy. It’s nice to turn on your computer and have applications, such as e-mail, open while you’re busy pouring your first cup of coffee. If you want a program or application launched every time you turn on your PC, follow these simple steps.

If you want too many things to open automatically, it might take a minute or two before you can get to work because you have to wait for all of them to load. Don’t overfill your Startup folder — use it just for the programs you need most often.

1Right-click Start.

The Start button is the green button located at the bottom-left corner of your screen.

2Click Explore.

When you right-click the Start button, a menu will pop up from which you can click Explore.

3Locate and open the folder where the application is located.

Look for the application that you want to automatically start when Windows Vista starts up.

4Select the application.

Just click the application to select it.

5Drag the item to the Startup folder in the Folders list on the left.

Check under Windows, Start Menu, Programs in the list.

6Double-click the Startup folder.

You should see the program listed.

7Click the Close button in the upper-right corner

When you finish moving programs into the Startup folder, the programs you moved will now open every time Windows Vista is started.