After installing skype it will always start whenever I login. I'd rather it didn't do that.

How do I stop Skype from automatically starting?


Since an image is worth a thousand words (make sure the options isn't checked):

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  • This does not disable auto-launch in the current version of Skype (v8.51). – Abhi Beckert yesterday

Alternate Method (for Snow Leopard and possibly * Lion):

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Select "Accounts"
  3. Select your user account
  4. Select "Login Items" at the top
  5. Remove "Skype"


  1. Right-click on the skype icon in the dock
  2. Move the mouse to "options"
  3. Ensure that the option "Open at Login" does not have a checkmark next to it.

Right click the Skype icon in your dock and then, under "Options", untick "Open at Login".

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