How to Automatically Resume Apps on Startup in Windows 10

Have you ever been getting things done with a bunch of apps open then suddenly need to logout or restart your PC? It can be annoying when you log back in and having to restart all the apps you were using. For some good news, Windows 10 offers a switch in Settings that will resume select apps after logging out and back in again. This makes Windows remember which apps to reopen so you can resume where you left off.

Have you ever been getting things done with a bunch of apps open then suddenly need to logout or restart your PC? It can be annoying when you log back in and having to restart all the apps you were using. For some good news, Windows 10 offers a switch in Settings that will resume select apps after logging out and back in again. This makes Windows remember which apps to reopen so you can resume where you left off.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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This feature works with most modern apps like Office, Edge, other apps you have downloaded from the Microsoft Store, or those apps considered restartable. It might not work with legacy desktop apps like Photoshop, for example. Still this is a nice feature, so let’s explore how this is done.

First, open Settings by clicking the Start menu and select the small gear icon, or press Windows+I. Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Next, in the Settings screen, click on Accounts. See below image:

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Accessing Accounts

Now, on the Accounts screen, click Sign-in options in the sidebar. See following image:

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Accessing Sign-in options

In Sign-in options, scroll down the page until you see the Restart apps option. Toggle the switch just below it until it’s turned On.

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Turning on Restart apps

Now, you may exit Settings.

The next time you log out and log back in, what Microsoft calls your “restartable apps” will be reloaded automatically.

These are its universal apps available through the Store. The Windows Store only includes apps written for Microsoft’s new “Universal Windows Platform,” or UWP.

Legacy apps (that use the Win32 API) written for Windows versions prior to Windows 8 may not be restarted automatically. Still, you may find this feature useful.

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