Would you like some apps to automatically open when you boot up your Mac? This will save time and eliminate the need to repeat the same steps every time you start macOS. There are several ways to set up autoloading of applications. This is very easy to do and only requires a one-time setup.
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Every time you turn on your Mac, your computer automatically launches various applications and services in the background. The so-called “login items” are convenient and useful, but too many of them can slow your Mac’s boot time and slow down its performance.
To avoid such situations, each user must understand how to change the automatic startup settings to optimize the computer. In the guide below, we’ll show you how to add, prevent, or delay automatic downloads of apps on Mac.
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How to Add an App to Startup on Mac Using the Dock
If your favorite application is permanently in the Dock or is currently running, right-click on its icon (or hold Ctrl + click the left mouse button). From the pop-up menu that appears, select Parameters, and in it you will see a menu with three items. To activate the automatic launch of the application, select “Open on entry”.
Therefore, in order to remove an application or game from macOS startup, you must uncheck the box.
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How to add or remove programs from Mac startup in Users & Groups of System Preferences
With this method, you can easily select multiple applications and edit their launch options for specific user profiles. Open System settings and go to section Users and groups.
On the left, select the group or profile for which you want to install startup applications. A list of applications will appear on the right side of the section “Entry Objects»that are already scheduled to run automatically.
To add or remove some programs, click on the plus or minus sign respectively. If you want to launch the application when your Mac boots, but hide it (minimized) when you log in, check the box Hide opposite the application.
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How to Temporarily Disable Autoload on Mac
MacOS provides the ability to temporarily disable auto-launch on a per-application basis, which is useful in cases where you need to quickly log in to a service or troubleshoot if your Mac doesn’t boot up correctly.
When the login window appears on the screen, enter your credentials, press and hold the ⇧Shiftand then click on the button “Entrance”. Release the key when the Dock appears. If the login window is not displayed on the screen, restart the computer and when the progress bar appears, press and hold the key ⇧Shift. The Mac will start downloading without automatically launching applications.
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How to delay automatic launch of apps on Mac
Launching too many applications automatically can negatively impact your Mac’s performance. Of course, you can disable automatic launch, but then each program will have to be opened manually, which will take a lot of time and effort. In this case, an application will come to the rescue that allows you to delay the automatic launch.
Program Delay start allows you to control when and which application to open.
1. Remove all “login items” in the section “System Settings” → “Users and Groups” → “Login Items”. Select all applications and click on the icon “-“.
2. Click on the icon “+” and add app Delay start to the list.
3. Now run the program. Click the icon “+”to add applications that should start automatically.
4. Specify the time in the item “Time Setting”. The Mac will delay the launch of this application for the set period.
Repeat the last two steps to set up automatic launch of the desired applications.
Download Delay Start (Mac App Store)
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How to Spot Malicious “Login Items” on a Mac
Contrary to popular belief, Mac computers can also be infected with malware. There are a number of programs for checking Macs for malware, one of them is KnockKnock. It’s a free app that not only shows you what’s running on your Mac, but also scans apps using the VirusTotal service, which checks files for viruses.
Launch KnockKnock and click on the option Start scan. The check will take about 1-2 minutes. After its completion, the screen will display the results in several sections.
For example, in the section Launch Items will collect all the applications that automatically start on the Mac. Category “Kernel Extensions” displays a list of modules that may have been loaded into the kernel. When you select a category, information from VirusTotal will be displayed on the right. If any “launcher item” is found to be infected, you can click Showto find the file in Finder and delete it.
KnockKock can also help you determine if an app is from Apple or a third party. Next to the element is an image of a castle. Closed green clasps indicate that the item is signed by Apple. Apps signed by third parties have a black padlock next to them. Unsigned apps have an open orange padlock next to them. Open locks do not necessarily indicate that the application is infected, but you should still beware of such programs.
Control “Login Items” on Your Mac
Use KnockKnock to detect malicious items and remove infected applications immediately. Then set up auto-starts for useful applications and get rid of programs that start automatically on their own. Better yet, delay the launch of some applications so as not to overload the computer. With the tips above and a little patience, you can optimize autorun on your Mac and help it boot faster.