How to Automatically Start an Application in Windows using a .bat File

In Windows, you have the ability to automatically start applications when you log in to your computer. This can be useful for launching frequently used programs or utilities without having to manually open them every time. One way to achieve this is by using a .bat (batch) file. In this blog post, we'll explore how to create a .bat file to auto start an application in Windows, along with a simple example.

How to Automatically Start an Application in Windows using a .bat File

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Open a text editor such as Notepad.
  2. Copy and paste the following code into the text editor:
  3.  	 @echo off
    		echo Starting the application...
    		start "" "C:\Path\to\your\application.exe"
    		echo Application started successfully.
    		echo Launching Google Chrome...
    		start google-chrome:
    		echo Microsoft Edge launched successfully.
    		echo Opening WhatsApp Web...
    		echo WhatsApp Web opened successfully.
    		echo Opening YouTube...
    		echo YouTube opened successfully.
    		echo All applications and websites launched.
Google Chrome in the application launch script and provides the button code for simplified execution.
    echo Launching Microsoft Edge...
    start microsoft-edge:
	echo Microsoft Edge launched successfully.
  • Replace "C:\Path\to\your\application.exe" with the actual path to the executable file of the application you want to start automatically. Ensure to keep the double quotes around the path if it contains spaces.
  • Save the file with a .bat extension, for example, "start_app.bat".
  • Double-click on the .bat file to run it. This will start the specified application.
  • Explanation:
    When you run the .bat file, the @echo off command turns off the display of subsequent commands in the command prompt window. The start command is used to open the specified application in a new window.


    Using a .bat file to auto start applications in Windows can save you time and make your workflow more efficient. Whether it's launching productivity tools, custom scripts, or any other frequently used software, this method provides a convenient way to automate the application startup process.

    Remember to place the .bat file in the Windows startup folder to ensure that the application starts automatically every time you log in to your Windows account. The startup folder is typically located at C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. However, please note that the exact location of the startup folder may vary depending on your Windows version and user configuration.

    With this simple example and step-by-step guide, you can now easily create a .bat file to auto start your desired applications in Windows.

    We hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below. Happy automating!

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