How to Make Programs Start Automatically in Linux Mint 12

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In Windows we have the Startup folder where we can easily place a shortcut to a program that we want to launch automatically. In Linux Mint there is a way easier way to manage startup applications–here’s how to do it.

Note: Since this is just for demonstration purposes I will be setting VLC Media Player to start automatically. However, this will work with any application.

The first thing you are going to want to do is click on the Applications menu, then select Other and launch “Startup  Applications”

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You will now be able to see the applications that are set to startup

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Go ahead and click on the Add button

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Give your startup item a name, I will just call mine VLC

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Now click on the browse button and navigate to where your application is installed. For most applications this is at:

File System > usr >  bin

Now select your application and click on the open button

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Now click on the add button

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Your application is now set to startup automatically

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Pro Tip

If you have been using Linux Mint for a while you might notice that the Startup Applications Preferences has far fewer entries than before. This is because most of them are hidden by default, to get them back launch Terminal and run the following command:

sudo sed -i 's/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g' /etc/xdg/autostart/*.desktop

Now you will be able to see all the applications and services that are set to automatically start

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Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+