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Open multiple programs at once

May 12, 2009

Step-by-step

Trick is to create a simple MS-DOS Batch file. Here’s how you can do it step by step:

1. Open Notepad (“Start” menu > “Run” > type notepad > press Enter).

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2. Click on “File” > “Save As…”, and name the file with a batch file extension (ie: “myUtility.bat”). Save the file somewhere easily accessible such as your desktop. The .bat extension is a must in the name.

3. Type in the first line of the newly created file: @echo off

4. Following lines should begin with “start”, and contain a name of the executable file (.exe or .com) you want to include. For example: To run calculator, from your Windows “Start” menu, go to “Accessories”, right click on calculator and select properties.

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Copy the shortcut path by highlighting it and pressing Crtl-C. It should be similar to %SystemRoot%\system32\calc.exe

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5. Find all the programs you want to include. In this example, calculator and paintbrush are added, batch file will look like:

@echo off
start %SystemRoot%\system32\calc.exe
start/max %SystemRoot%\system32\mspaint.exe
start/min excel

6. Click on the “File” menu and select “Save” and close the file, your job is done.

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7. Go to the folder where you saved the file (the desktop in this example) and launch your newly created file (myUtility.bat in this example) and enjoy.

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After running the batch file

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• Windows systems may be configured to run programs with either a single or double-click.

• Use “start /max” instead of just “start” in batch file, for opening the applications in full window.

• Use “start /min” instead of just “start” in batch file, for opening the applications in minimized window

Warnings

• Works in Windows operating system.

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