How to Change Mac Startup Programs

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to change the startup programs on a Mac. Startup programs are applications that automatically open when you start your Mac. Modifying these programs can help you optimize your Mac’s performance and personalize your startup experience.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu located in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Access Users & Groups

Next, locate and click on the “Users & Groups” icon within the System Preferences window.

Step 3: Choose Your User Account

Within the Users & Groups window, select your user account from the left-hand sidebar.

Step 4: Navigate to Login Items

In the right-hand pane, click on the “Login Items” tab. This tab contains a list of applications that open automatically when you log in to your Mac.

Add Startup Programs:

To add an application to your startup programs, click on the “+” button located below the list of login items. A file browser window will appear.

  • Bold text: Locate and select the application you want to add as a startup program.
  • Underlined text: Click on the “Add” button to include it in your login items list.

Remove Startup Programs:

If you wish to remove an application from your startup programs, simply select it from the list and click on the “-” button located below it. The selected application will be removed immediately.

Edit Startup Programs Order:

To change the order in which startup programs open, you can click and drag an application up or down within the list. The applications will launch in the order they appear from top to bottom.

Step 5: Restart Your Mac

After making changes to your startup programs, it is important to restart your Mac for the modifications to take effect. Click on the Apple menu and select “Restart” from the options.

That’s it! You have successfully changed your Mac’s startup programs. By customizing these settings, you can streamline your Mac’s startup process and have a more personalized experience every time you log in.

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