Step 1: Create a Shortcut
First, create a shortcut for the apps you want to launch simultaneously. Right-click on your desktop and select “New”> “Shortcut”. In the “Create Shortcut” window, enter the location of the app you want to open followed by “-argument” (without the quotes). For example, to open Notepad, the location would be “C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe” and the argument would be “-argument”.
Step 2: Group the Shortcuts
Next, group the shortcuts you created in a folder. Right-click on your desktop and select “New”> “Folder”. Give the folder a name that will help you remember which apps it contains. Drag and drop the shortcuts into the folder.
Step 3: Create a Batch File
Now, create a batch file to run the shortcuts in the folder. Right-click on your desktop and select “New”> “Text Document”. Open the text document and type “@echo off” (without the quotes).
Step 3.1: Add the Shortcut Paths to the Batch File
Add the paths of the shortcuts you created to the batch file. To do this, type “start” followed by a space and the path of the shortcut in quotes. For example, “start “C:\Users\YourUserName\Desktop\FolderName\ShortcutName.lnk””.
Step 3.2: Repeat for Each Shortcut
Repeat Step 3.1 for each shortcut in the folder. Make sure to add a new line for each shortcut.
Step 4: Save and Run the Batch File
Save the text document with a “.bat” extension. Double-click on the batch file to run the shortcuts. All the apps in the folder should open simultaneously.
Can I add or remove shortcuts from the folder?
Yes, you can add or remove shortcuts from the folder. Just make sure to update the batch file accordingly.
Can I rename the shortcuts?
Yes, you can rename the shortcuts to whatever you like. Just make sure to update the batch file with the new name.
Can I use this method for apps that require admin privileges?
Yes, but you will need to run the batch file as an administrator. Right-click on the batch file and select “Run as administrator”.
Launching multiple apps at once can be a game-changer for your workflow. By following these simple steps, you can save time and increase productivity. Give it a try and see how it works for you!