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How To Stop Apps From Opening Automatically on Macbook?

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Some apps immediately start running once you power on or restart your Apple devices, such as a MacBook or an iMac. For sure, it’s quite convenient, but your Mac’s speed will gradually drop as the number of automatically launching apps grows.

Check how to manage and turn off login items on your Mac.


How to turn login items off on Mac step-by-step?

Follow these steps to decide which programs launch automatically when your Mac starts up and which won’t:

  1. Open System Preferences, go to Users & Groups > Login Items.
  2. Click the Lock icon in the lower left corner to be able to change settings. You will need to enter an administrator password.
  3. Check the box next to programs you wish to run automatically or uncheck them to prevent start up when you switch on your Mac.

Please note that if the software launches on the startup even after you uncheck, you should remove startup programs on Mac. Choose the application in the list of startup items and click on the button with the minus sign to remove it.


How to remove unnecessary programs from login items through the Dock?

If a program you don’t need to run automatically shows up in the Dock, you can turn off startup items directly through it.

  1. Right-click on the program icon or hold down the Control key and click on the icon.
  2. From the menu, select Options.
  3. Uncheck the checkmark next to “Open at Login”.

How to hide some login items?

  1. Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items.
  2. Find the “Hide” column in the table. 
  3. Check the box “Hide” to run login items.

Try this if you need the software to begin operating immediately but don’t want it to take up the entire desktop. 

When you open the list of login items, you will see that there are already several programs in it. As we’ve already said, some apps automatically get added to the startup list during installation.

Startup items can make your Mac easier to work with, but don’t get too enthusiastic about them. Setting too many login items will only hinder and slow down macOS startup.


How to temporarily disable startup items on Mac?

macOS allows you to temporarily disable auto-launch for each application, which is useful in cases where you need to log in to something quickly or to identify a problem if the Mac doesn’t boot correctly.

  1. When the login screen displays, input your credentials. 
  2. Hold down the Shift key.
  3. Click the Login button. 
  4. When the Dock appears, let go of the key. 
  5. If the login window doesn’t appear on the screen, restart your computer and press and hold Shift until the progress bar appears. 

In a Nutshell

It is a good idea to add useful apps to the Startup List and eliminate programs you don’t need that start automatically on their own. With the tips above and a little patience, you can optimize login items on your Mac and help it boot faster.


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