Making the most of your USB: Autorun.inf

Does that window look familiar? Ever wish you could customize it with options such as:

  • opening a file,
  • opening a website, or
  • running a program?

Guess what?

You can. And here’s how!

  1. Create an autorun.inf file. This is the file that will contain your customizations. Put it in your flash drive (not in a folder though.) Open it in TextEdit or any text editor.
  2. At the top of the file, type “[autorun]” (without quotes, of course), then hit Enter.
  3. There are now a variety of ways you can customize the autorun. Just follow the examples below:
    • Naming your USB drive: label = Name of usb drive
    • Giving your USB drive an icon: icon = Iconname.ico OR ProgramName.exe (in the latter case, the USB icon will be the ProgramName’s icon.
    • Opening a program:open = ProgramName.exe
      action = Description that will be shown in the window
    • Opening up a website:shellexecute = http://bit.ly/deathgleaner

An example of an autorun.inf file:

[autorun]
open=Eclipse.exe
label=Deathgleaner's awesome drive
shellexecute=http://bit.ly/deathgleaner
action=Open up Deathgleaner's website and Eclipse.exe

In this case, clicking on the option in the box will open up Eclipse as well as this blog.

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