Automatically start an Office program when you turn on your computer

Autostart an Office program you use every day by adding a shortcut to the Windows Startup folder. (If this is too much of a distraction or makes your computer start too slowly, you can always delete the shortcut from the Startup folder.)

Windows 7

  1. Click Start Windows 7 Start button > All Programs > Microsoft Office.
  2. Right-click the icon of the program you want to start automatically, and then click Copy (or press Ctrl + C).
  3. In the All Programs list, right-click the Startup folder, and then click Explore.
  4. Click Organize > Paste (or press Ctrl+V) to paste the program shortcut into the Startup folder.

Windows 8

  1. Open File Explorer (Windows Key + E).
  2. Copy or browse to the following path in the address bar in File Explorer using your own username, and then press Enter.

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

  1. Leave File Explorer open.
  2. Open the Start Screen, right-click the Office program you want to automatically start, and click Open file location.

 Tip    If your program isn’t listed, right-click the Start screen, and click All Apps.

  1. Copy (Ctrl + C) the program shortcut to the Startup folder you opened in Step 2.

Your program will automatically start the next time you start your computer. If you ever want to remove a program from autostart, delete the shortcut from the Startup folder (Steps 1 and 2).

Windows Vista (only for Office 2007 and 2010)

  1. Click Start Windows Vista Start button > All Programs> Microsoft Office.
  2. Right-click the icon of the program you want to start automatically, and click Copy.
  3. In the All Programs list, right-click the Startup folder, and click Explore.
  4. Click Organize > Paste (or press Ctrl+V) to paste the program shortcut into the Startup folder.

Windows XP (only for Office 2007 and Office 2010)

  1. Click Start menu > All Programs > Microsoft Office.
  2. Right-click the icon of the program you want to start automatically, and click Copy.
  3. In the All Programs list, right-click the Startup folder, and then click Explore.
  4. On the Edit menu, click Paste (or press Ctrl+V) to paste the program shortcut into the Startup folder.
 
 
Applies to:
Access 2013, Excel 2013, InfoPath 2013, OneNote 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Project Professional 2013, Project Standard 2013, Publisher 2013, Visio 2013, Visio Professional 2013, Word 2013, Access 2010, Excel 2010, InfoPath 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Project 2010, Publisher 2010, Visio 2010, Word 2010, Access 2007, Excel 2007, InfoPath 2007, OneNote 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Project 2007, Publisher 2007, Visio 2007, Word 2007