Top 3 Ways to Open a Webpage on Startup in Windows 10
In a world of more and more automation, having to open the same set of web pages every time you start your computer seems a little boring. Importantly, with all the tools that Windows provides, setting your PC to open a bunch of web pages on startup is not at all demanding.
We will show different ways to configure Windows 10 to open web pages on startup. You will have a hard time choosing your preferred method as they are all fairly straightforward. So, without wasting any time, let’s go.
1. Use the startup folder
As the name suggests, the Windows startup utility is designed to launch programs when your computer starts up. Besides being useful for launching applications and scripts, the Startup folder can also be used to open web pages on startup in Windows 10. Here’s how.
Step 1: Open any web browser on your PC and navigate to the website you want to launch on startup. Copy the website URL from the address bar at the top.
2nd step: Now press Windows key + R to launch the Run dialog box, type shell: start in the box and press Enter.
Step 3: Right click anywhere in the Startup folder, navigate to New, and choose Shortcut from the submenu.
Step 4: In the Create Shortcut window, paste the website URL into the box and click Next.
Step 5: Finally, enter an appropriate name for the shortcut and click Finish.
It is more or less that. Now that you’ve created a shortcut for the website in the Startup folder, Windows will automatically load the website on startup. Likewise, you can add more shortcuts in Startup folder to launch multiple websites on startup.
2. Run a batch file
Another way to launch websites on startup is to create a batch file. This method is useful when you intend to launch multiple websites at startup. This is how it works.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to launch the Run dialog box, type shell: start in the box and press Enter.
2nd step: Right-click anywhere in the Startup folder, navigate to New, and choose Text Document from the list.
Step 3: Open your newly created text document and paste the command below.
Likewise, to open multiple web pages on startup, you can add more launch commands to your document.
Step 4: Now use the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + S to save the file with the .bat extension.
And you are ready. Windows should now run this batch file containing the URLs of all your favorite websites on every startup.
3. Use the task scheduler
Task Scheduler is a useful utility in Windows that allows you to automate almost any task on your computer. With it, you can launch programs, execute commands or even schedule your PC to shut down when certain triggers and conditions are met. Of course, you can also use this tool to launch websites about startups. Read on to find out how.
Step 1: Open any web browser on your PC and navigate to the website you want to launch on startup. Click the lock icon to the left of its URL in the address bar and drag it to the desktop.
2nd step: Now open the start menu, type Task planner, and press Enter.
Step 3: Now, in the Actions pane on your right, click on the Create a basic task option.
Step 4: In the basic task creation wizard, enter an appropriate name for the task. Optionally, you can also write a brief description of the task. Then click on Next.
Step 5: Under Trigger, since we want to launch the website on startup, select the “On computer startup” option from the list and click Next.
Step 6: On the Action tab, select Start a program. Then tap Next.
Step 7: Now under Program / Script browse to the website shortcut created earlier.
Alternatively, to launch multiple websites on startup, you can create a batch file and paste its file path under Program / Script.
Step 8: Finally, in the Finish tab, check the details of the task and click Finish.
Once you have completed the above steps, Task Scheduler will run the shortcut or batch file every time you start your PC.
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Having a bunch of web pages ready every time you start your PC saves you a lot of time. In addition, it eliminates the need to repeat the same steps every day. Besides web pages, you can also use the above methods to launch other applications and programs.
Last updated Sep 30, 2021
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