Automatically opening files

Hello Experts - I am looking for an application or technique that can remember what files/applications are open when shutting down a Windows 10 PC and automatically opening them again when I sign back in.  We have a few users who are often referencing multiple documents and have to manually record where they were at the end of each day so they can resume the following morning.  Is there such a thing out there that I can try out?
danbrown_IT ManagerAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you wish to have the files open, you would need to put them in Startup associated with the app that owns them. Such an action is not a service and I have not seen a app that would do this.

Next step down is Recent Files in many applications and in Windows Explorer and Favourites in any Browser. So it is pretty easy to know what we were working on last.
EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
If you hibernate instead of shutting down completely
all documents that were open, will still be open when you start up
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Or Suspend - I do that.
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danbrown_IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys!
EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
Hibernation should not cause security issues - you still have to sign in.

If the hibernation option is not an available option when shutting down, you will have to enable it.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Both Suspend and Hibernation require you to log back in.  Which you use is a personal preference.
Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
Create shortcut on your desktop to

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

In this folder create shortcut to all documents you want to open after log on
To do that just right click on document and move it to opened startup folder. Windows will ask you if you want to move, copy or create shortcut.
Just create shortcut so original documents will stay in same location.
After restart / logo on, all documents should open automatically

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Though note, if you suspend and the files are on the network, you likely will not achieve your goal.

Many application maintain a recent list.
Presumably, shutdown of systems is by policy.

If network drops before the .... Or network comes back after application, the application will include errors that file was inaccessible ....
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks and good luck with users. Recent Files has proven workable for my clients.
The latest windows 10 version 1709 has this built-in:
If that ain't enough, I would rather use hibernation than suspend since it uses less (almost zero) energy and only consumes a few seconds more time (up to half a minute on slow machines).
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I had seen that but so far, Windows (Microsoft's) attempt to help has not been universally useful.  It is improved again in the Insider version so it is a work in progress.
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