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Open multiple applications at once

If you work on a computer during the day, chances are that you are running a set of commonly used programs all the time. Everytime you need to reboot you have to open all these programs up again. If you only have a set of maybe 3 programs you run that need to be opened up on startup it isn't so bad, but if you have 10 or more this can become a painful thing to have to do over and over everytime you reboot.

It's pretty easy to put together a script file containing the commands to run those programs, so you run that single file and it will open all your commonly used programs. The format is somewhat technical, but still relatively easy to follow.

Open notepad text editor, and use the following format:

start /d "directory where the program exists or where you want to start the program" path_to_program

The only trick is when you save the file, you will need to save it as a batch processing file/script with extension ( .bat )
In notepad simply click file, save. choose "all files" in the "save as type" dropdown. For your filename choose anything you please and put ".bat" at the end.

The following is an example of my file, I have named it standard_open.bat and placed it in an easy to access place so that when I reboot I can double click this single file and have all my programs fire up without tracking down each of them in a menu.

In my example you will see how some programs can take an argument. such as explorer.exe. When I pass a folder path to explorer.exe as an argument it will open a folder window to that folder ( makes it convenient to open frequently used areas ).

start /d "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox" firefox.exe
start /d "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Thunderbird" thunderbird.exe
start /d "C:\Users\john\Desktop\wscite" SciTE.exe C:\Users\mike\Desktop\work\notes
start /d "C:\Program Files\Pidgin" pidgin.exe
start /d "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer" iexplore.exe
start /d "C:\Windows" explorer.exe C:\wamp\www
start /d "C:\Windows" explorer.exe C:\Users\mike\Desktop\work\downloads
start /d "C:\wamp\www" C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe


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