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I'd like to automatically startup a few apps upon user login, where and how do I access this startup folder?

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Take a look at Startup Applications, under Dash. – Mitch Dec 24 '13 at 10:10
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open Dash

search for start-up

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The start-up applications looks like

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To add an application to the start-up press add button

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Give it a name and write the command of your application and that's it

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