Login Items enables you to load apps every time you boot up your Mac on a user-by-user basis – making it great for families who share the same machine. Over the next nine steps, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about Login Items and how you can master this useful OS X feature to make your Mac life more productive than ever before.
Load the Apple menu in the top-left of your menubar and fire up System Preferences. You can also find this by searching for it in Spotlight.
In System Preferences, head over to the Users & Groups preference pane – it’s usually situated in the bottom-left corner under the System heading.
In order to make any edits to your Login Items, you’ll need to unlock the Preference pane. To do this, click on the padlock and enter your login credentials.
From the list, choose the username of the person whose Login Items you’d like to edit. Choose carefully if you’re using a shared or work machine.
Over on the right, you’ll see all the different preferences available for that specific user. At the top, click on the Login Items header to make changes.
Below the list of current Login Items, click on either the plus or minus icon to add a new Login Item or delete an existing one, respectively.
If you decide to add a new Login Item, click on the plus icon then choose an app you’d like to load (when your Mac boots up) from the File browser.
There may be some apps you’ll want to load when you log in, but keep hidden. If that’s the case, click the Hide checkbox next to its name in the list.
When you’re finished editing, be sure to click on the lock padlock icon to stop any unauthorised edits that could cause problems later on.
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