How to Stop Steam From Opening on Startup Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to stop Steam from opening on startup on your Mac! If you’re tired of Steam launching every time you start your computer and want to regain control over your startup applications, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to disable Steam’s automatic startup feature.

Method 1: Using Steam Preferences

If you prefer a straightforward way to modify your startup settings, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Steam: Open the Steam application on your Mac.
  2. Access Preferences: Click on “Steam” in the menu bar at the top-left corner of the screen, and then select “Preferences” from the dropdown menu.
  3. Select Interface: In the Preferences window, click on the “Interface” tab.
  4. Uncheck “Run Steam when my computer starts”: Under the “Startup” section, uncheck the box that says “Run Steam when my computer starts”.
  5. Close Preferences: Click on the “OK” button to save your changes and close the Preferences window.

Method 2: Using System Preferences

If you want more control over all your startup applications, including Steam, follow these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences: Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.
  2. Select Users & Groups: In System Preferences, click on “Users & Groups”.
  3. Password Verification: Depending on your system settings, you may need to enter your password to make changes.
  4. Select Your User: In the left sidebar, select your user account.
  5. Select Login Items: Click on the “Login Items” tab at the top-right corner of the window.
  6. Remove Steam from Login Items: Locate “Steam” in the list of applications and click on the “-” button below to remove it from the login items.
  7. Close System Preferences: Close the System Preferences window to save your changes.

Method 3: Using Login Items

If you prefer a quick method without accessing System Preferences directly, follow these steps:

  1. Password Verification: Make sure you know your administrator password as this method requires it.
  2. Open Finder: Click on the Finder icon in your dock to open a new Finder window.
  3. Navigate to Applications: In the sidebar of the Finder window, click on “Applications”.
  4. Select Utilities: Open the “Utilities” folder inside Applications.
  5. Edit Login Items:

    • Login Item Location: Scroll down and find “Login Items” in the Utilities folder.

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  • Remove Steam from Login Items: In the Login Items window, locate “Steam” and select it, then click on the “-” button below to remove it from the login items.
  • Close Login Items: Close the Login Items window to save your changes.
  • Congratulations! You have successfully stopped Steam from opening on startup on your Mac.

    Now you can enjoy a clutter-free startup and launch Steam only when you actually need it. If you change your mind in the future, simply follow these steps again and re-enable the automatic startup feature.

    We hope this tutorial was helpful to you. Thank you for reading!

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