Startup items, or login items, are services and applications that run automatically every time you start your Mac. Overtime as the number of such apps increases, your Mac will start to slow down. If you don’t keep a regular check on your startup items, you may end up with a dozen apps launching as soon as you turn on your Mac.
Change Startup Items on Mac
So, let’s go over how to take contol of login items, and how to get rid of unwanted, broken or hidden startup items.
- Open System Preferences by clicking on the icon in the Dock, or from the Apple menu on the top-left of the screen.
- Click on the ‘Users & Groups’ icon in the System Preferences.
- In the ‘Users & Groups’ section you will see your user account on the left-hand side, make sure it is selected.
- Click on the ‘Login Items’ tab. It will show you the list of items that are currently selected to open automatically at login.
- Select the application or item that you want to stop from loading automatically at startup and click the ‘-‘ (minus) button.
- You’re done.
The process of removing startup items in OS X (now macOS) is pretty straight forward, but if you are looking for simpler ways to do this, we suggest the you download professional Mac utility like CCleaner for Mac.