From the Login Items tab under the Users & Groups icon in System Preferences, you can set applications to automatically open during login. For instance, you can set your Mail app, Safari and OmniFocus to automatically launch after you login to your Mac. This can be a handy and time-saving feature.
It’s important to note that many applications automatically set themselves up to automatically launch after you login when they install. For instance, Hazel automatically will load when you boot up your Mac so that it can continuously monitor your mac based upon the rules that you set. You may wish to monitor your login items however, to make sure that unnecessary programs are not loading automatically and using up valuable system resources.
To Add Items for Automatic Startup
- Click the icon on the menu.
- Click System Preferences on the menu.
- Under the System area of the System Preferences pane, click the Users & Groups icon
- Click the lock on the bottom of the screen and then enter your admin password.
- Click the name of user that you want to modify in the left pane.
- Click the Login Items tab on top of the screen.
- To remove an item from the Login Items list, click the item and then click the – (minus) button on the bottom of the window.
- To add an item to the Login Items list, click the + (plus) button on the bottom of the window, navigate to the Applications folder and click the item you want to add. Click the Add button.
- To hide an item after it starts up (which runs it minimized but doesn’t display it on the screen), click the Hide checkbox next to the item name to select it.
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