How to Get Thunderbird to Start with Windows 11

Published by Nyau Wai Hoe - Updated on

If you’re like me and rely on Thunderbird for your emails, you might find it a bit of a bummer that it doesn’t just pop up ready to go when you start your computer, either on Windows 11 or Windows 10. But no worries! There’s a way around this. I’m here to walk you through how to set Thunderbird to automatically open up when you log into Windows 11. We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve for this, so no matter how comfy you are with tech stuff, you’ll find a way that works for you.

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How to Get Thunderbird to Start with Windows 11

Method 1: Copy Thunderbird’s shortcut to Windows 11 Startup folder

Here’s a quick and simple way to get Thunderbird opening on its own when you start your computer:

  1. Go find where Thunderbird locates on your computer, usually in C:\Program Files\Mozilla Thunderbird or C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Thunderbird.
  2. Right-click on thunderbird.exe and pick Create shortcut. You’ll get a shortcut either right there or on your desktop if you can’t make one in the folder.Create Thunderbird shortcut to start automatically in Windows 11
  3. Hit Win + R, type shell:startup and hit Enter. This opens up a special folder where you can drop shortcuts for anything you want to start up with Windows.Open startup folder via Run command in Windows 11
  4. Just drag your new Thunderbird shortcut into this Startup folder, or copy and paste it there.Copy Thunderbird's shortcut to Windows 11 Startup folder

And that’s it! Thunderbird will now greet you every time you log into Windows 11. Easy, right?

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Method 2: Using Task Scheduler to schedule Thunderbird to open automatically on startup

For a bit more flexibility, let’s use the Task Scheduler. This one’s a tad more advanced but don’t sweat it; here’s a quick guide:

  1. Open up ‘Task Scheduler’ from the Start menu.Open Task Scheduler Windows 11
  2. Right-click on Task Scheduler Library and make a new folder called ‘Startup Apps’.Use Task Scheduler to manually force startup apps
  3. Click on your new folder and choose ‘Create Basic Task’ from the Actions menu.Create Basic Task in Task Schedule for Startup Apps
  4. Give your task a name and a little description.Using Task Scheduler to schedule Thunderbird to open automatically on startup
  5. Set it to start ‘When the computer starts’.Auto Start Thunderbird with Windows 11
  6. Pick ‘Start a program’ and find Thunderbird’s thunderbird.exe file to start up.Start Thunderbird automatically on Windows 11 startup
  7. Wrap up the setup and click ‘Finish’.

Boom! Now Thunderbird will kick off with Windows 11, giving you more control over the startup process.

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Method 3: Using Windows Registry

Now, for the tech-savvy, using the Windows Registry is another way to get Thunderbird starting up with Windows 11. This approach is a bit more technical, so tread carefully.

Before proceeding, remember, messing with the Registry can be risky. It’s a powerful tool that affects lots of important stuff on your computer. Mistakes here can lead to trouble, so it’s a smart move to make a system restore point before doing it. If tweaking the Registry feels too adventurous, stick to the Startup folder or Task Scheduler methods.

Ready? Here’s how to add Thunderbird to your startup via the Registry:

  1. Press Win + R, type regedit, and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.Open Registry Editor
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  3. Right-click, choose New > String Value, and call it something like Thunderbird.Force an app to auto start on Windows startup using registry
  4. Double-click the new value, and in the Value data box, put the full path to Thunderbird’s thunderbird.exe (like "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe"). Make sure it’s the right path with the .exe at the end.Set Thunderbird to start with Windows 11 via Registry Editor
  5. Hit OK, close the Registry Editor, and restart your computer to see the change take effect.

Once you’re done, Thunderbird will join you every time you log into Windows 11. Just be careful to follow these steps correctly to avoid any mishaps.

Final thoughts

So there you have it! Whether you’re going for the simple drag-and-drop method, playing around with Task Scheduler, or editing the Registry, getting Thunderbird to start with Windows 11 can make your email life a bit easier. Most folks find the first two methods easier and safer. Just be sure to check your steps and paths to avoid any mix-ups. And if you’re not super confident with tech, sticking with the straightforward options will keep things smooth and stress-free.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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