Automatically start an Office program when you turn on your computer

Autostart an Office program you use every day by adding a shortcut to the Windows Startup folder. (If this is too much of a distraction or makes your computer start too slowly, you can always delete the shortcut from the Startup folder.)

Windows 7

  1. Click Start Button image > All Programs > Microsoft Office.

  2. Right-click the icon of the program you want to start automatically, and then click Copy (or press Ctrl + C).

  3. In the All Programs list, right-click the Startup folder, and then click Explore.

  4. Click Organize > Paste (or press Ctrl+V) to paste the program shortcut into the Startup folder.

Windows 8

  1. Open File Explorer (Windows Key + E).

  2. Copy or browse to the following path in the address bar in File Explorer using your own username, and then press Enter.

C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

  1. Leave File Explorer open.

  2. Open the Start Screen, right-click the Office program you want to automatically start, and click Open file location.

Tip:  If your program isn’t listed, right-click the Start screen, and click All Apps.

  1. Copy (Ctrl + C) the program shortcut to the Startup folder you opened in Step 2.

    Your program will automatically start the next time you start your computer. If you ever want to remove a program from autostart, delete the shortcut from the Startup folder (Steps 1 and 2).

Windows Vista (only for Office 2007 and 2010)

  1. Click Start Button image > All Programs> Microsoft Office.

  2. Right-click the icon of the program you want to start automatically, and click Copy.

  3. In the All Programs list, right-click the Startup folder, and click Explore.

  4. Click Organize > Paste (or press Ctrl+V) to paste the program shortcut into the Startup folder.

Windows XP (only for Office 2007 and Office 2010)

  1. Click Start menu > All Programs >Microsoft Office.

  2. Right-click the icon of the program you want to start automatically, and click Copy.

  3. In the All Programs list, right-click the Startup folder, and then click Explore.

  4. On the Edit menu, click Paste (or press Ctrl+V) to paste the program shortcut into the Startup folder.

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