How to Access the Startup Folder on Windows 11/10 - Windows Basics


Sunday, March 13, 2022

How to Access the Startup Folder on Windows 11/10

Windows 11 has a new user interface, a new Start Menu, and many other design changes. It still works similar to Windows 10 in many ways. Windows 11 still has the Start Menu, and it still allows users to run apps or open files at startup. To run applications at startup, they must be added to the Startup folder.

Windows 11 startup folder location

Windows 11 has two Startup folders. It has a public or all-user Startup folder. Items added to this folder will be open to all users configured on the system. the second Startup folder is user-specific. Each user configured on a Windows 11 system will have their own Startup folder, and items added to it will only open at startup for that user.

How to Access Startup Folder on Windows 11/10

A. Via shell command

1. Press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run dialog box. Type Shell:startup into the text box and press Enter.

2. You will now be automatically redirected to the Windows Startup folder. Right-click anywhere on the empty space, select New and then tap Shortcut to create a new shortcut entry.

3. Copy the exact folder location and then paste it into the Create Shortcut window. Click Next to continue.

4. Enter the shortcut name. Press the Finish button when finished.

5. You should now be able to see a new shortcut in the Windows Startup folder.

Therefore, now the app you added in the Startup folder will not automatically launch at boot time every time you reboot your device.

B. Via File Explorer

Another way to access the startup folder on Windows 11 is to navigate through File Explorer. To open the Startup folder using File Explorer, 

1. Launch the search box on the Start menu, type File Explorer and press Enter.

2. Tap on the This PC option located on the left menu pane in the File Explorer window.

3. Select the C: drive or the main system drive, where the Windows operating system is stored on your device.

4. Tap Users. Here, you will see two main accounts, one is Public and another with your username. Tap the folder with your username.

5. Drag the View menu and tap the Show hidden items option.

6. Select the App Data folder in the File Explorer window.

7. Tap Roaming.

8. Select Microsoft and then double-click the Windows”folder.

9. Click on Start Menu and then select Programs.

10. You are now in the Startup folder.

The complete path to the Startup folder for All Users will be as under

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup


C. Via Run command

You can also use the Run dialog box to open the Startup folder on Windows 11. Follow these quick steps:

1. Press the Windows + R key combination to open the Run dialog box. 

Type the following location in the text box and press Enter.

%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

3. As soon as you press Enter, you will be redirected to the Windows Startup folder.

How to Add/Remove Shortcut in Startup Folder

Add an entry to the startup folder

Adding an app/process to Windows 10's Startup folder is a slightly more complicated process (than the removal process), as discussed below:

1. Open the Startup folder (for a specific user or All users) and right click in an empty area.

2. Now hover over New and select Shortcut.

3. Then click the Browse button and navigate to the folder containing the application/process. For example, to add Chrome, navigate to the following path and select Chrome.exe:

C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application

4. Now click the OK button and in the resulting screen click Next.

5. Then enter the name of the Shortcut (like Google Chrome) and click Done.

Remove an Item from the Startup Folder

Removing an item from the Startup folder (either for a particular user or All Users) is a straightforward process, simply delete the application/process/shortcut from the Startup folder.

Here are some ways that you can use to access the startup folder on Windows 11/10. We hope the methods listed above will help you to access the Startup folder after you upgrade your device to Windows 11/10. If you have any other requests or support, feel free to drop your thoughts in the comment space!

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