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How to enable/disable start up items on macOS

You can set apps to run automatically when you boot your Mac. Apps that know they will likely be needed the second the system turns on come with an option to run them at start up. Other apps, those that are less likely to be needed everyday, don’t have that option however, you can still add them to the list of start up items on macOS. Here’s how you can enable and disable start up items on macOS.

Add apps to start up items

There are two ways to add an app as a start up item and the method you use to add an app to the start up items on macOS will also determine how you remove it.

Built-in option

Check if the app you want to run at start up has an option to automatically run at start up in its preferences. You can access an apps preferences by opening it, and then going to the app’s menu in the menu bar. For apps that run exclusively in the menu bar, and do not have an interface outside it, you can click the app icon in the menu bar and look for the app’s preferences in the menu that opens.

To remove an app that you’ve enabled to run at start up from its own built-in options, you simply have to access its preferences again and uncheck the option that allows it to run at start up.

System Preferences

To add apps that do not have a built-in option to run at start up to the start up items on macOS, you need to go through the System Preferences. Open the System Preferences app and click Users & Groups.

Select the user that you want to add the app for in the column on the left, and in the pane on the right, select the Login items tab.

Click the plus button at the bottom, and select the app from the Applications folder that you want to run at login.

To remove an app, select it in the Login items list, and click the minus button at the bottom.

If you’re adding apps to start up items for the current i.e., your own user, you won’t need admin rights however, if you’re adding it for other users on the same Mac, you will either need admin rights or you will need the login credentials for the other user.

The apps that run at login for you will not have any impact on which apps run at login for other users.

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