How to open multiple apps at once from Start Menu in Windows 10

If you use the Windows 10 Start Menu to keep frequently used apps in one place, here is a neat trick for you. You can choose to launch or open multiple apps from the Start Menu in Windows 10. We also show you how to open multiple instances of an app.

Open multiple apps from Start Menu in Windows 10

open multiple apps from Start Screen

  1. Open the Start menu by pressing the Windows Key
  2. Keeping the Windows key pressed, click on the apps you want to open simultaneously.
  3. Once done, release the Windows key and start using the apps.

Like you can see in the above image, I used the Windows Key to launch multiple apps, and they are all in the background.

It works like a charm. Though, I noticed that the apps from Windows Store launch much faster compared to the classic programs on Windows 10.

Open Multiple instances of  an app

Open Multiple Instance of app from Start Screen

If you want to open multiple instances of an app, you can use the same Windows key and keep clicking on the same app. If the app supports multiple instances, you should see the increasing count in the taskbar.

You could also press the mouse middle button on a taskbar or desktop item, multiple times to open multiple instances of the app.

Before the update, you could select & open multiple instances of an app using the Control key. But now it doesn’t appear to work with Cntrl, or Shift or any other key.

Hope you like this small but useful tip.

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