SOLVED Starting Outlook 2016 at Startup - Windows 10


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I have been trying to set up Outlook 2016 to start automatically when I start my computer/log on. I haven't been able to find any troubleshooting posts or articles specific to the latest edition of Office 2016. I've tried to do the create task route, I've looked in the startup folder, and I can't seem to find outlook.exe anywhere on my computer. Has anyone been able to do this? Is there a hidden setting in Outlook/Office that I'm missing? Thanks for your help in advance!
 
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Path:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16

right click Outlook.exe and drag it to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start menu\Programs\Start up
 

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Hi LaGrenabar,

Welcome to the Forum.

I don't personally have Microsoft Office 2016, however my guess is the Outlook.exe would be located in either of the following two locations:
  • If you installed Microsoft Office 2016 64-bit version and Windows 10 is installed on C-drive:
    • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16
  • If you installed Microsoft Office 2016 32-bit version and Windows 10 is installed on C-drive:
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16

The way Windows 10 handles new apps there is another perhaps simpler way for you to create a shortcut for Outlook.exe in your Startup folder however. Here is how:
  • Right-click on Start
  • Left-click on Run
  • In the Run dialog type shell:startup then click OK

    This will open your Startup folder.

    Press your Windows Key and Right Arrow Key together. This will cause the Startup folder to occupy the full right half of your screen.

  • Next right-click on Start again
  • Left-click on Run
  • In the Run dialog type shell:AppsFolder then click OK

    Note: The A and F in that command must be Uppercase!

    This will open your Applications folder.

    Left-click once inside the Applications folder then press Windows Key and Left Arrow Key together. This will cause the Applications folder to occupy the full left half of screen.

    You can now see both folders side by side.

  • Next inside the Applications folder scroll and locate Outlook.
  • Left-click-and hold mouse button down on Outlook then drag mouse cursor to the Startup folder and release left mouse button.

    This will create a shortcut to Outlook inside your Startup folder.

    You can now close both folders and the next time you restart your computer Outlook will start automatically.

Regards,

Regedit32
 

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Hi LaGrenabar,

Thanks for the update. Glad you managed to get your issue sorted.

Regards,

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Thanks for the feedback.
Bit odd it didn't work, though. A very straightforward operation.
 
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If you fancy a challenge (it's not difficult), you could use Task Scheduler to start Outlook for you, at any time you choose after you log into Windows, using the delayed start feature.
My PC's a bit ancient, so I try to stagger the start-ups of additional applications that I need - Outlook, Mail, etc - to spread the disk load.
Task Scheduler allows you to do this - you will need access to administrator privilege, though.
 

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