Start multiple apps at once

In Windows 95, 98 and NT 4.0 you can create a batch file that launches as many programs as you want. Open Notepad and type start followed by a space and the command line of an application (eg c:\windows\calc.exe), then press . If your path includes long file or folder names, you must either enclose the path with quotation marks (eg "c:\program files\accessories\mspaint.exe") or use shortened versions of the long names (eg c:\progra~1\access~1\mpaint.exe). Add more lines following this pattern for each program you want to start with the one icon.

When you're finished, choose File--Save and type a filename (in quotation marks) with the .bat extension. (The quotation marks keep Notepad from overriding the .bat extension with its default .txt extension). Double-click the batch file (or its Shortcut) to launch the programs.

Launching multiple programs with one icon is not a feature of Windows 3.1, but File Manager provides a minor exception. In Program Manager, select the File Manager icon and press - to open the Program Item Properties dialogue box. At the end of the command line, type a space, then the path to another application. Click OK. The File Manager icon will now launch itself plus the new application simultaneously.

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