We all have different applications and tools we use for work or school. For example, as a writer I might have a word processor open along with an image resizer tool and also my browser to do my research and to make my posts. These are the same apps that I open on a daily basis for work.
The obvious way to launch these apps would be to click them one by one whenever the computer is turned on or when I need to start work, but what if there was a more efficient way of launching these apps? What if with a single-click, you could actually launch all these apps at once?
If that sounds like a power user move you’d like to learn, it’s actually not that difficult. All you need to do is create a batch file that you only need to run once and it will open all the programs you need at once. Here’s what you need to do.
Step 1 – Get The File Locations
- Click the Windows Key and look for the program you want to add to your batch file
- Right-click it, go to More and select “Open file location”
- Right-click on the file in the File Explorer window and select Properties
- Under the Shortcut tab, look for Target an copy the text inside of it
- Click OK
Step 2 – Creating A .bat File
- Open Notepad
- At the top of Notepad, type “@echo off” (without quotes)
- On the next line, type “cd” (without quotes) and paste the text after it
- Bring the last part of the path name with the “.exe” to the next line and add “start” (without quotes) in front of it
- Repeat the steps above for all the programs you want added to the batch file
- Hit enter to create a line break and type “exit” (without quotes)
- Your Notepad contents should look something like the screenshot at the top
- Once all the file paths to the programs are added to Notepad, go to File > Save
- Under “Save as type” select “All Files”
- Choose a name for the file and make sure you add the “.bat” extension
- Click Save
- Now whenever you want to open all those files at once, simply double-click the .bat file and it will run them