Set Programs To Run At Startup

Do you always open up your browser immediately after booting up your computer? Is there an application of yours that you wish would just start by itself when you turned your computer on? Thankfully, there is a way to do all of this, although it differs slightly depending on what Desktop Environment you are using.

Gnome:

gnome startup

  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac,, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. From here, simply start typing Tweak Tool. Once it pops up, just click it.
  3. On the side of the Tweak Tool, you will notice there are many categories listed on the side. Simply look for the one titled Startup Applications.
  4. Once there, click on the bar with the ‘+‘ sign. From here, you can simply pick your program.

KDE:

KDE startup settings

  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. From here, simply start typing Autostart. Once it pops up, just click it.
  3. At the bottom of the window that pops up, you will see a button that says Add Program. You will want to click this to, well, add your program.
  4. From here, you will see that the programs are organized into categories. The same categories from your menu in fact. Just double click them to see what is inside and find your program.
  5. Once you have found your desired program, double click it one again. This will open up yet another window that allows you to customize it’s settings upon startup.
  6. After you have configured the settings to what you would desire, (if they confuse you, just leave them how they are by default) you can click on the OK button in the bottom left corner.

Cinnamon:

cinnamon.png

  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. From here, simply start typing Startup Applications. Once it pops up, just click it.
  3. At the bottom of the window that pops up, you will see a button that says Add. You will want to click this to, well, add your program.
  4. Once you do, two choices are presented. Just select Choose Application.
  5. All available applications are now presented in a list. From here, you can simply pick your program.

XFCE:

xfce

  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. From here, simply start typing Session and Startup. Once it pops up, just click it.
  3. In the window that pops up, there are five tabs. Click the one titled Application Autostart.
  4. At the bottom of the window, you will now see a button that says Add. You will want to click this to, well, add your program.
  5. Now, a window that looks similar to this one will pop up:xfce startup  XFCE however, instead of the above order Command, Name, and Comment, it will be Name, Description, and Command. Comment and description are really the same thing, just worded differently. Thus, you can see that the two are very similar.
  6. For Name, just type whatever you would like your application to be called. It’s your system, so if you want Google Chrome to be called “My Favorite Browser”, then go right ahead!
  7. For Description, just type a short description about your new startup application.
  8. Lastly, for Command, just type the command used to start the application. To find out what this command is, you will unfortunately have to resort to opening up a Terminal.
  9. Once you have done this, simply type which and then your application name. For instance, to find the command for Google Chrome, you would type which google-chrome. NOTE: if, in the case of Google Chrome, the name is more than one word a dash is needed instead of a space between the words. Here is an example:which google-chrome                                                                             The line shown underneath after pressing Enter on your keyboard (/usr/bin/google-chrome in this case) is what you will want to copy and paste into the Command entry in your settings window from five steps earlier.
  10. Now all that is left to do is click on the OK button in the lower right corner in your settings window and you are done!

Mate:

mate

  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. From here, simply start typing Startup Applications. Once it pops up, just click it.
  3. To the side of the window, you will now see a button that says Add. You will want to click this to, well, add your program.
  4. Now, a window that looks similar to this one will pop up:xfce startup     For Mate however, instead of the above order Command, Name, and Comment, it will be NameCommandComment.
  5. For Name, just type whatever you would like your application to be called. It’s your system, so if you want Google Chrome to be called “My Favorite Browser”, then go right ahead!
  6. For Comment, just type a short comment (or description) about your new startup application.
  7. Lastly, for Command, just type the command used to start the application. To find out what this command is, you will unfortunately have to resort to opening up a Terminal.
  8. Once you have done this, simply type which and then your application name. For instance, to find the command for Google Chrome, you would type which google-chrome. NOTE: if, in the case of Google Chrome, the name is more than one word a dash is needed instead of a space between the words. Here is an example:which google-chrome                                                                                  The line shown underneath after pressing Enter on your keyboard (/usr/bin/google-chrome in this case) is what you will want to copy and paste into the Command entry in your settings window from five steps earlier.
  9. Now all that is left to do is click on the Add button in the lower right corner in your settings window and you are done!

LXDE:

autostart lxde.png

  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. Click on Control Menu in the menu that pops up.
  3. Click on System Settings and select Default applications for LXSession.
  4. In the window that pops up look to the side of it and select Autostart.
  5. You will now see a button that says Add underneath the list of applications already set to autostart. You will want to click this to, well, add your program.
  6.  In the empty box the command used to start the application is needed. To find out what this command is, you will unfortunately have to resort to opening up a Terminal.
  7. Once you have done this, simply type which and then your application name. For instance, to find the command for Google Chrome, you would type which google-chrome. NOTE: if, in the case of Google Chrome, the name is more than one word a dash is needed instead of a space between the words. Here is an example:which google-chrome                                                                                  The line shown underneath after pressing Enter on your keyboard (/usr/bin/google-chrome in this case) is what you will want to copy and paste into the Command entry in your settings window from five steps earlier.
  8. Now all that is left to do is click on the Add button sitting directly left of your text box and you are done!

Budgie:

Solus

  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. From here, simply start typing Software Center. Once it pops up, just click it.
  3. Once the software center has opened up, just search for Tweak Tool. Once you find it, simply install it.
  4. After it is installed, close out of the software center and press the Super key again.
  5. From here, just start typing Tweak Tool. Once it pops up, simply click it.
  6. On the side of the Tweak Tool, you will notice there are many categories listed on the side. Simply look for the one titled Startup Applications.
  7. Once there, click on the bar with the ‘+‘ sign. From here, you can simply pick your program.

Deepin:

startup deepin

  1. Press the Super key (also known as the Windows key, because, well, it has the Window logo on it. Unless you are using a Mac, in which case it is then the Command key).
  2. From here, simply start typing the name of the application you wish to have starting up for you automatically. Once it pops up, just right click it.
  3. The last option in the right click menu should be Add to Startup. Just click this and your application will be added!

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