Mac Startup Apps

  1. Mac Startup Applications

On a Mac with Apple silicon

Learn about media apps on your Mac To explore the macOS User Guide, click Table of Contents at the top of the page, or enter a word or phrase in the search field. If you need more help, visit the macOS Support website. Add or remove automatic items. On your Mac, choose Apple menu System Preferences, then click Users & Groups. Select your user account, then click Login Items at the top of the window. Do any of the following: Add a login item: Click the Add button below the list of items, select a document, folder, app, server, or other item, then click Add. You’ll now get a list of apps that opens at Mac startup. Here you can either hide any/all apps or completely remove them from the list. To hide apps, simply click the checkbox given beside each app. In order to remove them completely, select the apps by clicking the checkbox to tick mark and then click on the “-” sign located at.

Method 1: Disable Mac Startup Apps via Dock. The easiest and quickest method is to disable Mac startup apps from Dock. Right-click the startup app you want to disable from Dock. There should be a check mark next to Open at Login. If you want to disable that startup app, you need to uncheck this option. Mar 01, 2021 How to disable Mac startup apps in Finder. Disabling startup apps via System Preferences and the Dock only deals with Login Items. However, you’ll notice some of the apps that start with your Mac can’t be disabled this way. That’s because there are other Mac startup program types, like launch agents and daemons.

Turn on your Mac with Apple silicon and continue to press and hold the power button until you see the startup options window. From there you can start up from a different disk, start up in safe mode, use macOS Recovery, and more. Learn more about these options, including macOS Recovery.

On an Intel-based Mac

To use any of these key combinations, press and hold the keys immediately after pressing the power button to turn on your Mac, or after your Mac begins to restart. Keep holding until the described behavior occurs.

  • Command (⌘)-R: Start up from the built-in macOS Recovery system. Or use Option-Command-R or Shift-Option-Command-R to start up from macOS Recovery over the internet. macOS Recovery installs different versions of macOS, depending on the key combination you use. If your Mac is using a firmware password, you're prompted to enter the password.
  • Option (⌥) or Alt: Start up to Startup Manager, which allows you to choose other available startup disks or volumes. If your Mac is using a firmware password, you're prompted to enter the password.
  • Option-Command-P-R:Reset NVRAM or PRAM. If your Mac is using a firmware password, it ignores this key combination or starts up from macOS Recovery.
  • Shift (⇧): Start up in safe mode. Disabled when using a firmware password.
  • D: Start up to the Apple Diagnostics utility. Or use Option-Dto start up to this utility over the internet. Disabled when using a firmware password.
  • N: Start up from a NetBoot server, if your Mac supports network startup volumes. To use the default boot image on the server, press and hold Option-N instead. Disabled when using a firmware password.
  • Command-S: Start up in single-user mode. Disabled in macOS Mojave or later, or when using a firmware password.
  • T: Start up in target disk mode. Disabled when using a firmware password.
  • Command-V: Start up in verbose mode. Disabled when using a firmware password.
  • Eject (⏏) or F12 or mouse button or trackpad button: Eject removable media, such as an optical disc. Disabled when using a firmware password.

If a key combination doesn't work at startup, one of these solutions might help:

  • Press and hold all keys in the combination together, not one at a time.
  • Shut down your Mac. Then press the power button to turn on your Mac. Then press and hold the keys as your Mac starts up. You might need to wait a few seconds before pressing the keys, to give your Mac more time to recognize the keyboard as it starts up. Some keyboards have a light that flashes briefly at startup, indicating that the keyboard is recognized and ready for use.
  • If you're using a wireless keyboard, plug it into your Mac, if possible. Or use your built-in keyboard or a wired keyboard. If you're using a keyboard made for a PC, such as a keyboard with a Windows logo, try a keyboard made for Mac.
  • If you're using Boot Camp to start up from Microsoft Windows, set Startup Disk preferences to start up from macOS instead. Then shut down or restart and try again.

Automatically launching certain apps on startup makes a lot of sense. This helps users save a lot of time opening apps individually, but the problem is that as your computer starts to age and as your hard drive starts to wear out, the boot time of your computer will eventually get slower.

This means that a startup time of 10 seconds could now take 20 seconds or longer. Short of buying a new computer, you can improve on the boot time of your device by managing the apps that are launched automatically. If you’re a Mac user looking to manage their startup apps, then check out these simple steps below.

Mac Startup Apps

How To Manage Startup Apps

  1. Click the Apple icon to the top left corner of your Mac’s screen
  2. Select System Preferences
  3. Click on Users & Groups
  4. In the window that opens, select your username from the panel on the left
  5. It will show you a list of apps that will automatically open when you login
  6. If you’d like to remove an app, select the app and click the “-” button
  7. If you’d like to add an app, click the “+” button

Alternative Ways Of Managing Startup Apps

The method we highlighted above provides you with an overview of the apps that will launch upon logging into your Mac. This is useful if you prefer looking at things from a macro perspective, but if you’d rather not go through all the steps, there are alternative ways to manage individual apps.

  1. From the list of apps located on your dock, right-click (or CMD + click) the app you want to manage
  2. Go to Options > Open at Login
  3. If there is a checkmark next to Open at Login, it means that the app will automatically open upon logging in
  4. If there isn’t, click on Open at Login to enable it
  5. Repeat the process above if you’d like to remove an app from automatically opening whenever you log into your computer

Mac Startup Applications

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