Open Multiple Applications With A Single Click Instantly

I recently learned a small handy trick which allows us to start multiple applications at once. If you are like me who has to open 5-6 programs at once then it will come really handy. Running multiple programs turn by turn is too boring for me, that’s why I use this trick to open multiple programs instantly.

Open a notepad and type,

@echo off

Below this line write the code to open any application, for e.g the code for opening Firefox will be,

start “Firefox” "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

Here is how you write the code, first type start and then name of application and then it’s location. Name and Location of application must be in quotation marks respectively.


You can find the location of the application by right-clicking it and then selecting Properties.

firefox properties After you have written the codes of all programs that you wan to open, go to File and click Save As, now save the file as [any file name].bat and next to Save as type, select All files as shown in the screenshot below. Please note that I have added .bat(batch file extension) at the end of file name.

batch file example

Since I open 5 different applications whenever my computer starts, here is how my .bat file looks like,

batch file Click your batch file that you have created and all programs which you  have added will open at once instantly. Enjoy!

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  • Overcash

    I wonder how to start 4 different MS Works spreadsheet files with a single mouse click?

    • http://www.hibernater.com Adam Foh

      start “” “C:\Docs\yourfile1.xls”
      start “” “C:\Docs\yourfile2.xls”
      start “” “C:\Docs\yourfile3.xls”
      start “” “C:\Docs\yourfile4.xls”

      Using start with the path to your files, it should launches files too.

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  • robert

    i got that, i have some programs that still aske me for where to install the program, license agrement, and so on.. what can i do in my batch to fill all that information and install silently???

  • Michael

    There’s also a program that lets you write a text file with each line being either a file, program or web page URL and after you give the text file a .multifire file extension then when you double-click on it everything will be opened. You can download the Multifire software at http://sites.google.com/site/spiveyworks/multifire

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  • notebookhdd

    Hey I think i have made some mistake please help me ,,
    I have used the following code.
    @echo off
    start “Desktop Hard Drive” “http://acnt.com/product.asp?pf_id=HD320W512”

    This should open this website however i get a error message as “Windows cannot find the Desktop Hard drive Please check the name correctly and try again” what does this mean ,, i have saved the file as .bat

  • Jeremy

    @echo off
    start iexplore.exe -new http://acnt.com/product.asp?pf_id=HD320W512
    exit

  • Jeremy

    @echo off
    start iexplore.exe -new http://acnt.com/product.asp?pf_id=HD320W512
    exit

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  • http://blog.princeporter.com Porter

    Heh, neat, and easy. Is there any way to run a for loop in a batch file? I could bother some of my friends with a for loop set to 100 opening a url or two haha.

  • evan

    Sorry for bring up an old post but I was just wondering can you do this and have them open on a certain spot on the screen. this would be handy cause i have aload of plugins that i put on different spots on the screen. But its probably getting a bit too complicated.

    • juicebox

      have to use the x y coordinate +the handle

  • don watos

    is very nice.

  • http://www.virtualidstudios.com David

    Learning Batch files is good, but I’d highly recommended autothotkey.  Although it requires a small program, it opens the door to infinite possibilities, and what you learn will be applicable for so many more uses. In autohotkey, it would be virtually the same:

    run, c:docsfilepathfile.exe
    run, c:another.exe
    etc.

    Assign to hotkeys, setup gestures, work with other criteria, etc.  IMAO

  • http://www.virtualidstudios.com David

    Learning Batch files is good, but I’d highly recommended autothotkey.  Although it requires a small program, it opens the door to infinite possibilities, and what you learn will be applicable for so many more uses. In autohotkey, it would be virtually the same:

    run, c:docsfilepathfile.exe
    run, c:another.exe
    etc.

    Assign to hotkeys, setup gestures, work with other criteria, etc.  IMAO

  • Iffat

    I did exactly the same but it doesn’t do the trick for me. Instead shows me the msg that “Windows can’t find FireFox. Make sure you typed the name correctly and so on…”

  • x

    It may be easier to just use the Startup folder…