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Automatically start an experience using Player for Windows

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    Introduction

    This article lists several methods to automatically start an experience using Player for Windows.

    NOTE:

    • Want Player for Windows to automatically run after a Windows reboot, and you have an Enterprise-level account? See this article
    • Don't want an audience to know you are using IntuiFace? Use one of the methods below in tandem with use of the White Label version of Player for Windows. The white label versions of Player enables you to replace the IntuiFace splash screen image with one of your own or with nothing at all. For more information, see this page.

    Automatically start an IntuiFace experience

    Method 1: Double-click the .ifx, .pro.ifx or .free.ifx file found in your project folder.

    For this method to work, you must also check that the .ifx extension is associated with IntuiFace Player for Windows. (If you installed Composer on the same PC, it may be associated to the .ifx extension instead of Player.)

    Method 2: Create a .bat file and put it into the Startup folder of the Windows Start menu

    The .bat file must contain the start command followed by the path to IntuiFace Player and the path to the project .ifx, .pro.ifx or .free.ifx file as an argument. If the path contains the space character, put the entire path between double-quotes. Example:

    start "C:\Program Files (x86)\IntuiLab\IntuiFace\Player\IntuiFacePlayerApp.exe" "C:\Users\[userName]\Documents\IntuiFace\[projectName]\[projectName].ifx"
    
    Put a shortcut to this .bat file in the Startup folder of the Windows Start menu as described below.
    All command line options for Player for Windows can be found here.

    For this method to work, you must also check that the .ifx extension is associated with IntuiFace Player for Windows. (If you installed Composer on the same PC, it may be associated to the .ifx extension instead of Player.)
    Then you can put a shortcut to this file in the Startup folder of the Windows Start menu as described below.

    Method 4: Create a task run by the Windows Task Scheduler

    This task should execute a .bat file similar to the one described in Method 2. Please look here to get more information about use of the Task Scheduler.

    Method 5: Manage autorestart using the Share and Deploy Console (Enterprise-level accounts only)

    Please refer to this section of our Device and Player Management article

    Method 6: Run IntuiFace Player on Windows-based PCs in Kiosk Mode

    This method is by far the more secure as it will prevent users from accessing the Windows desktop or any other application. It is a bit more complicated to set up and requires some limited IT skills. All the steps are described in the article Run IntuiFace Player on Windows-based PCs in Kiosk Mode

    Putting a .bat file or a shortcut to any experience's .ifx file into the Windows Startup folder

    For Windows 7

    1. Using the right button of your mouse, drag the .ifx or .bat file over to the Windows Start menu icon.
    2. Wait until the Start menu opens, then continue the drag over to the "All Programs" menu.
    3. Wait until it opens and continue the drag-and-wait procedure until you can drop the file into the Startup menu folder.
    4. To drop the file, release the right mouse button. A menu will open. Select the option "Create shortcuts here".

    For Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

    1. Copy the following path into Notepad and then replace with your user profile name - the name you see when logging in - and then copy the updated version.
      C:\Users\<User Profile folder name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    2. Type Windows+r on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box. Paste the path from the previous step into this box and hit Enter on your keyboard.
    3. Open a new Windows Explorer window and navigate to the .ifx or .bat file you created in one of the methods listed above.
    4. Using the right button of your mouse, drag the .ifx or .bat file over to the Windows Explorer window you opened using the Run dialog.
    5. Release the right mouse button. A menu will open. Select the option "Create shortcuts here".