These days many of us are very busy so we keep looking for certain useful ways to accelerate the tasks on the computer. While shortcuts are a great option to make things faster, there are several other ways through which you can accomplish your job more easily. So, how about cutting one step from your task which can help you start or finish your job soon to save some valuable time?
While Apple has made their Mac work in the fastest way there are certain ways to accelerate the process even more. For example, if your day starts with Apple Mail or message or else Safari, then how good it will be if you can set them to launch at startup or login. Actually, these items are called Startup Items or Login Items and here in this article, we will cover how to set apps to launch at startup on a Mac. But before that, it is vital to know what is login item or startup item.
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Startup item/Login item
The startup items or login items are normally applications that you want to automatically start or open as soon as the Mac is opened, boot or turned on. The startup items can be any application, shared volumes, documents and other items.
How To Set Apps To Launch At Startup On A Mac
There are few ways to set apps to launch at startup on a Mac and we will explain all the process one by one.
How to set apps to launch at startup on a Mac: From the Dock menu
The dock is an easy way to get the everyday use app as soon as you open the Mac, but setting the apps to launch at startup will make the process even faster. There is an option to set apps to launch at startup on a Mac from the Dock menu in case the app you are looking to set in the startup is already present in the dock menu. But the Dock menu contains two types of apps. One is the fixed apps that are always present there and the other apps are presently running. However, the process is same for both kinds of apps. Just right click on the app dock icon, choose Options and then select Open at Login.
Next time as you will start your Mac, the selected app will be opened automatically.
How to set apps to launch at startup on a Mac: From the Apple Menu
Another way to set apps to launch at startup on a Mac is to open the Apple menu and adding the startup items there. The process is explained in more details.
- First, open the Apple Manu located at the top left corner of the screen.
- Next, go to System Preference and select Users & Groups icon.
- Now select the appropriate user name followed by which click on the Login Items.
- Here you will get + and – sign button. In order to add apps in the Login Items, click on the Plus button while clicking on the – button for removing an app from that list.
- As you click the Plus button, the Finder browsing sheet will open containing a list of items. Choose the one that is to be set as the Login item and then click on the Add button.
That’s it. The selected app will then launch at startup of your Mac.
How to set apps to launch at startup on a Mac: Drag and drop method
Drag and drop method is the easiest method that does not require you to perform any other task rather than just dragging the apps and dropping them at the perfect location. First, select the app that is to be set to launch at the startup and then hold it. Now drag it to drop in the login items list. You are done with the process. The app that you dropped in the Login items list will be then set as the Login items and will launch at start up on a Mac.
So, these are the ways to set apps to launch at startup on a Mac. Also if you want to add an app as Startup item but do not require it to display the window then just tick the checkbox ‘hide’ which is available next to each and every Startup item. By doing so, as you start your Mac, the app will be opened but there will be no display window, only the app icon will be seen in the dock menu.
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