How to Make Firefox Launch on Startup


After installing a program, you may see the question, "Run this program when Windows starts?" If you answer "Yes," the program launches whenever windows starts. One way the installation accomplishes this is by placing a shortcut to the program in your "Startup" folder. Anything in that folder runs when Windows starts. If you use an application frequently, such as Firefox, you can place its shortcut in the "Startup" folder. Windows will then launch Firefox on startup.

  • Type "Firefox" (without the quotes) in the search box. The Firefox icon appears in the Start menu.

  • Right-click that icon, and then click "Send to Desktop." Windows creates another Firefox shortcut icon on your desktop.

  • Click the Windows Start button, and then click "All Programs." The Start menu will display a list of folders and programs.

  • Scroll through the list and locate the "Startup" folder. Right-click the folder and click "Explore" to open the folder in Windows Explorer. Minimize the Windows Explorer window so that it is about 60 percent smaller. You need to be able to see Windows Explorer and your desktop at the same time.

  • Locate the Firefox shortcut icon you placed on your desktop, and drag it into the "Startup" folder in Windows Explorer.

Tips & Warnings

  • The next time you start Windows, Windows launches Firefox because its shortcut is in the Startup folder. To stop Firefox from opening at startup, return to the "Startup" folder and right-click the Firefox shortcut to view a drop-down list. Click the "Delete" option. This removes the shortcut from the Startup folder but does not delete Firefox from your computer. The shortcut is simply a pointer to the actual program and is safe to delete.

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