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Mar 22

What is the “AutoRun” function on USB Keys?

All of Handisc’s custom printed/custom made USB Keys all now come with the option of having an AutoRun function, but what is it and how will it benefit you?

In basic terms the AutoRun function allows your preloaded data, such as a pdf. or a presentation to automatically open and launch when the user inserts their USB Flash Drive, as opposed to going via your file directory to locate and open a specific file.  By including the AutoRun function, you are directing the user to your preferred page, which can make promotional items more specific, allow you to guide the user to the information you think most important and generally give a more professional feel and look to your USB.   AutoRun simply works through the inclusive of an additional file to the root of the USB, which is out of sight of the everyday user.  Some companies like to include a Flash or HTML menu to give a more structured appearance to the documents included on the USB.

However, be aware that some of the latest operating systems have limited the use of AutoRun functions, in order to tighten security (prevent automatic opening of predetermined virus’s etc), therefore on the majority of office based systems, AutoRun usually works alongside a option based window, prompting the user to determine if they would or wouldn’t like the file to open.

If you are interested in including an AutoRun function on your USB Key, why not email our Team info@handisc.co.uk and find out how compatible AutoRun is for you.