How to Stop Applications From Opening on Startup Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of your Mac taking forever to start up because of all the applications that open automatically? Well, you’re in luck!

In this article, we will guide you through the process of stopping applications from opening on startup on your Mac. Follow these simple steps to regain control over your startup process and improve your Mac’s performance.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To get started, click on the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Select Users & Groups

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on “Users & Groups”. This option is represented by a person icon.

Step 3: Choose Your User Account

In the Users & Groups window, select your user account from the list on the left side. It should be highlighted or selected by default.

Step 4: Navigate to Login Items

Once you have selected your user account, click on the “Login Items” tab located at the top-right section of the window. This tab contains a list of applications that open automatically when you start up your Mac.

Note:

If you have multiple user accounts on your Mac, make sure to repeat these steps for each account if you want to stop applications from opening on startup for all users.

Step 5: Remove Unwanted Applications

In this section, you will see a list of applications that open automatically when you start up your Mac. To prevent an application from opening on startup, simply select it from the list and click on the “-” (minus) button below the list. Repeat this step for each application that you want to remove from startup.

Note:

If you ever change your mind and want to add an application back to the startup list, click on the “+” (plus) button below the list and locate the application you want to add. Select it and click “Add”.

Step 6: Restart Your Mac

Once you have removed all the unwanted applications from the startup list, it’s time to restart your Mac. Click on the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen and select “Restart” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can press “Control + Command + Eject” keys simultaneously to restart your Mac.

Congratulations! You have successfully stopped applications from opening on startup on your Mac. The next time you start up your Mac, only the essential applications will open, resulting in a faster and smoother startup process.

Additional Tips:

  • If you want an application to open automatically on startup, simply add it back using Step 5 above.
  • You can also control which applications launch at login by right-clicking on their icons in the Dock, going to “Options”, and unchecking “Open at Login”.
  • If you’re experiencing performance issues or slow startup times even after removing unwanted startup applications, consider optimizing your Mac by clearing cache files and performing regular maintenance tasks.

We hope this article has been helpful in guiding you through the process of stopping applications from opening on startup on your Mac. Enjoy a clutter-free startup experience!

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