How to Use Startup Menu and Folder in Windows 8

Introduction

 
As we already know, Windows 8 comes with an advanced Metro Start Menu called Start Screen which was not present in previous versions of Windows like Windows 7 and Windows Vista. In Windows 7 we can easily open the Startup folder from the All Programs link but in Windows 8 for quick access to the Startup folder items, we have to manually pin the Startup folder either at the Taskbar or the Start Screen in Windows 8.
 
The Windows 8 Start Screen holds the following things:
  • Audio and Video players.
  • PC Settings.
  • Shortcuts to system utilities.
  • All the native and installed Metro apps.
  • Desktop applications and more.
In this article, we will learn how to find the Windows 8 Startup folder so we can easily add and edit the Windows 8 startup items.
 

How to use a startup menu and folder in Windows 8

 
Step 1 
 
First, of all, we have to move to the start window screen in Windows 8.
 
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Step 2
 
Then for advanced Startup options move the cursor to the bottom-right of the window screen and click the search box which is helpful for searching in Windows 8.
 
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Step 3
 
Then in the search box type "startup" and click on Apps from the right sidebar then click startup setting in the main window.
 
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Step 4
 
Now bring up the Windows Run dialog box Windows + R hotkey combination and enter "%AppData%" in the Run dialog box.
 
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Step 5
 
It will open the Roaming profile folder letting you view the installed application folders and navigate through the Windows system folders.
 
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Step 6
 
Then to see the startup menu we have to use the following path.
 

AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

 
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Step 7
 
Then for quick navigation to the Startup folder open Windows Explorer and enter the following path in the address bar with your user profile folder name and then press Enter.
 

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

 
This path will navigate you directly to the Windows 8 Startup folder as in the following.
 
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Step 8
 
We can pin the startup folder on the Windows Start Screen in the following way.
 
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Step 9
 
It will create a shortcut to the folder named startup to Start Screen.
 
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Note
 
The Windows 8 Start Screen acts as a central dashboard for all the most frequently used apps and visited system locations.
 

Summary 

 
In this article, we learned about How to Use Startup Menu and Folder in Windows 8.