Start All Your Programs With One Click

Today I am going to show you an easy way to launch all your favorite programs with the click of one icon.

Normally I leave my computers running 24/7. I know that’s not very green of me but that’s what I do. On the occasional reboot I have several of the same apps that I constantly use and I hate to click each one and wait for it to load so I created a batch file that will launch the ones I use the most with one single click.

Here is how its done.

Lets say you want to launch Firefox, Microsoft Outlook, Opera, and Pidgin. These will need to be installed on your computer of course.

First open notepad and copy and paste the following into it and save it as something like “startall.bat”

@echo off
start /d “C:Program FilesPidgin” pidgin.exe
echo Launched Pidgin!
start /d “C:Program FilesMozilla Firefox” firefox.exe
echo Launched Firefox!
start /d “C:Program FilesOpera” opera.exe
echo Launched Opera!
start /d “C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice12” outlook.exe
echo Launched Outlook!

Remember that when in notepad go to File then Save As and notice the Save As Type in the dialogue box? Change that to All Files or it will default to a standard text document and this will not work.

That’s it! Save your batch file to your desktop labeled to something like I said earlier like StartAll.bat and there you go, double click it and all your apps that you coded into the file will launch.

Let me teach you how to find your own apps to add to this code above.

Through lots of trial and error I finally figured out the magic behind all this and its simply start /d and you have to have the correct quotations in place.

On your computer double click My Computer or click Start and click on My Computer and then Click your C drive and navigate to Program Files. Here lets look for programs that we want to launch when we want to.

For fun I have navigated to C:Program FilesInternet Explorer and within that directory I see iexplore.exe which is indeed the Internet Explorer Application.

Now if I want to add that to my StartAll.bat file I would simply need to modify the code a bit to look like this:

start /d “C:Program FilesInternet Explorer iexplore.exe

Just to be clear on the syntax for this I am going to retype this below and for spaces I will use [spacebar]


I hope this makes sense and helps you out.

If you have any tips or improvements to this please list them in the comments section below.

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2 Responses to “Start All Your Programs With One Click”

  1. j0shu4 Says:

    A good idea is to remove some items from startup. There are a lot of programs that add entries to startup and add time to the startup process after logging on. I plan on using Autoruns to see what autostarts at logon, find the path to the executable, copy that path, remove it from starting with Autoruns, then add that entry to my bat file. The possibilities with this could be endless. Batch files for autostarting less used programs, most used programs, and on and on.

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