Are you tired of multiple apps launching automatically every time you start your Mac? It can be frustrating to wait for all these unnecessary applications to load, slowing down your computer’s startup process.
Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to this problem. In this tutorial, we will show you how to stop apps from opening on startup on your Mac.
Method 1: Using System Preferences
If you prefer a graphical user interface (GUI) approach, follow these steps:
- Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select System Preferences.
- Choose Users & Groups. It is represented by an icon with two people.
- Select your user account from the list on the left-hand side.
- Navigate to the Login Items tab at the top.
- You will see a list of applications that open at startup. To prevent an app from launching automatically, simply select it and click on the “-” button below the list.
- If you want to add an app to startup, click on the “+” button and select the desired application.
- Close System Preferences, and from now on, only the selected apps will open when you start your Mac.
Method 2: Using Applications Folder
If you prefer a more hands-on approach using Finder:
- Open a new Finder window.
- In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on Go.
- Select Applications. Alternatively, you can press Shift + Command + A.
- Locate the app you want to prevent from opening at startup.
- Right-click on the app icon, and choose Get Info.
- In the Get Info window, expand the section titled “Open at Login”.
- To stop the app from launching at startup, uncheck the box next to “Open at Login”.
- If you want to add an app to startup, check the box next to “Open at Login”.
- Close the Get Info window.
Method 3: Using Terminal Commands (Advanced)
If you’re comfortable with using Terminal and prefer a command-line approach:
- Open Terminal.app.
To prevent an app from opening at startup:
- Type “
sudo launchctl remove com.bundle.identifier” (without quotes).
Note: Replace “
com.identifier” with the actual bundle identifier of the app you want to disable. You can find this information in various ways, such as searching online or using utilities like “Activity Monitor” or “System Information”. Ensure you have administrative privileges before running this command.
To add an app to startup:
- Type “
sudo launchctl add com.identifier” with the actual bundle identifier of the app you want to enable. Again, make sure you have administrative privileges before running this command.
By following these methods, you can easily control which apps open on startup and improve your Mac’s performance. Remember that it’s essential to strike a balance between convenience and system resources. Only keep the necessary apps running at startup for a smoother experience.
We hope this tutorial has helped you in stopping apps from opening on startup on your Mac. Now you can enjoy a faster boot time and have more control over your computer’s startup process!