Automatically starting applications up when you first log into your computer can be a nice time saver. Start your computer up, log in, then go get yourself a cup of coffee while everything starts up.

Windows

There are several methods to autorunning applications.

  • Many applications have an option in their settings. This is the preferred approach. The application is in full control, then.
  • Using a shortcut in the Startup folder. Press Win + R, type shell:Startup, and right-click drag any applications over into that folder, selecting Create shortcut here.
  • Using a registry entry at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.

Mac

Autorun is controlled via the GUI, and requires admin access.

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click Users & Groups
  3. Click Login Items. Click the lock icon and authenticate with an admin account to gain access.
  4. Add applications by clicking the + sign.

Mark your applications to Hide when starting up so you have a distraction-free environment when you finally sit down to get started. Being bombarded with too many notifications would undo all of the time savings you got from autorunning your applications.