Some Windows programs don't need to open their program windows at all on launch. This is for instance the case when they run in the background or if you don't use the interface at all to interact with them or need to access information they display in it.
A prime example is the screenshot taking tool SnagIt which I run minimized on start as I control its functionality solely through keyboard shortcuts.
You may run other programs regularly that you don't need to interact with directly on start, for instance an email client, a backup program that runs automated tasks or a file transfer client.
The following tip works in all recent and not-so recent versions of the Windows operating system.
Veteran Windows users know all about it probably but if you are new or have never looked it up, it may be useful to you as you can control how programs start on your system.
Good news is that you don't need to download and run third-party software for it as the functionality is baked in.
Control program window states in Windows on start
Here is what you need to do:
I suggest you test the change right away to make sure that it is indeed running in minimized state when you execute it.
You may revert the change at any time by following the instructions again and changing the state of the run preference to "normal window" which is the default window state.
Tip: If you need more control over a program, you may want to check out the excellent AdvancedRun by Nirsoft. It allows you to change the window state on launch but also window position and size among many, many other things.
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