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If you tend to open certain apps together on your PC, you can save yourself a few clicks by having all your selected apps open with a double-click. We’ll show you how to do this in Windows 10.

To make multiple apps launch at once, you will make a batch file. This file will contain paths to your apps. When you double-click and run this batch file, it will launch all your apps one by one.

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Open Multiple Apps at Once in Windows 10

First, you will gather the paths of the apps that you want to open on your PC. Then, based on this, you will make a batch file.

Find the Apps You Want to Open Simultaneously

To find your app paths, open the “Start” menu and search for your app. Right-click your app and select “Open File Location” from the menu.

Right-click an app in the "Start" menu and choose "Open File Location."

You will see a File Explorer window with your app’s icon highlighted on it.

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Right-click your app’s icon, and from the menu that opens, select “Properties.”

In the “Properties” window, click the “Target” field and press Ctrl+A. Then press Ctrl+C to copy the value of this field.

Copy the "Target" field's value from the "Properties" window in File Explorer.

Open a text editor like Notepad and press Ctrl+V to paste your app’s path in it.

Repeat the above process for all your apps that you want to launch at once. In the end, you will have all your apps’ paths in your Notepad file.

Make a Batch File to Run Multiple Apps at Once

Now, you will make a batch file that opens your selected apps. To do so, open Notepad if you haven’t already.

Then, copy the code given below.

@echo off

cd "PATH"
start FILE

In a blank document in Notepad separate from your app paths, paste the copied code by either pressing Ctrl+V or selecting Edit > Paste from the menu bar.

Paste the code into Notepad.

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In the code that you pasted in Notepad, replace PATH with the path to your app and FILE with the executable file name of your app.

For example, the following path is for Firefox:

"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

If you you want to use it, then you will replace PATH in the code with the following:

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\

And replace FILE with the following:

firefox.exe

Use the same code for all your other apps. If you choose Firefox and Outlook to open at once, your code should look like the following:

@echo off

cd "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\"
start firefox.exe

cd "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\"
start OUTLOOK.EXE

At the end of your code, type the following. This will close Command Prompt, which will briefly open to launch your apps.

exit

And, your final code should look like this:

@echo off

cd "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\"
start firefox.exe

cd "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\"
start OUTLOOK.EXE

exit

The code to open multiple apps at once in a Notepad window.

To save this file, in the Notepad’s menu bar, click File > Save.

Click File > Save in Notepad.

A “Save As” window will open. Here, select a folder to save your file in. You might want to choose the desktop for easy access to the file.

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Then, click the “File Name” field and type a name for your batch file. At the end of the file name, add “.bat” (without quotes). Click the “Save as Type” drop-down menu and select “All Files.”

Lastly, at the bottom of the “Save As” window, click “Save” to save your file.

Save the batch file using the "Save As" window.

Your batch file is now ready. To test it, open the folder where you saved it. Then double-click the file to run it. You will find that the file opens your specified apps one after another.

Double-click the batch file in File Explorer to run it.

And that’s all there is to automating the app launch task in Windows 10. Very handy!


Are you also interested in launching multiple windows or instances of an app? There’s a way to do that, too.

RELATED: How to Open Multiple Windows or Instances of an App on Windows 10

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