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Here’s a quick tip on how to set OpenBuilds Control to automatically launch when you login to Windows. I’ll also show you how to add a javascript macro that will automatically put OpenBuilds Control software into full screen mode.

Add Control to Startup Folder

First thing we want to do is add a shortcut to the OpenBuilds Control application to your startup items in Windows. There’s a few different ways to do this, but I find this way to be the easiest.

On your keyboard, hold the windows key and press R. In the run box provided, paste in the following and click OK

C:\Program Files\OpenBuildsCONTROL

This will bring up a file explorer window in the in OpenBuilds installation directory. Next hold the windows key and press R again. This time in the run box, paste in the following and click OK.

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

This will bring up a file explorer window in your profiles startup folder. Right click the OpenBuildsCONTROL.exe file located in the Control application folder and drag it to your profile’s startup folder. Release your mouse button and click “Create shortcuts here”.

At this point, Control will run when you boot windows, but will sit in the tray until you launch it.

Add Scheduled Task to Launch Control After Login

To get it to launch, we need to add a schedule task that will run after login.

On your keyboard, hold down the windows key and type in ‘task scheduler’. Open Task Scheduler and click ‘Create Basic Task…’

Task Scheduler basic task

In the fields provided, name the task and add a description if you want. Then click Next

Naming your basic task

On the ‘Trigger’ screen, select “When I log on” and click Next.

Task Scheduler Trigger Screen

On the ‘Action’ screen, select “Start a program”. Click Next.

Task Scheduler Action Screen

On the ‘Start a Program’ screen, copy the following into the ‘Program/script:’ field. Be sure to include the double quotes. Then click Next.

"C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenBuildsCONTROL\OpenBuildsCONTROL.exe"
Task Scheduler program selection

On the summary screen, click ‘Finish’.

That’s it. Now when you log in, OpenBuilds Control will automatically launch.

Start Control in Full Screen Mode

As an added bonus, we can use a JavaScript macro to put OpenBuilds Control into full screen mode.

In Control, click on the Macros tab and click the + sign to add a new macro. In the Edit Macro dialog box, select and icon, give it a name in the label field then click on the ‘Javacript’ tab. Paste the following code into the field provided.

window.moveTo(0, 0);
window.resizeTo(screen.width, screen.height)

Be sure to set it to run at startup by putting a check in the ‘Run Macro on Startup’ box. Then click Apply.

If you are new to OpenBuilds CONTROL, be sure to check out my OpenBuilds CONTROL tutorial.

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