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The list of applications and volumes which are launched when a user logs in to OS X.

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Completely remove Docker Desktop - still shows something Login Elements

I want to completely remove Docker Desktop from my macbook (M3, Sonoma) to perform a clean installation from scratch; I performed an uninstall using Appcleaner, but still I have something left on the ...
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How to disable Global Protect VPN auto start and allow killing it

I have recently had to start using Global Protect VPN. It has a dark pattern of auto-loading on startup in a very intrusive way (popping up VPN login window). Meanwhile it isn't even listed in "...
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How to identify binary registered as login-items in macOS Sonoma System Settings/General/"Open in Background"?

Today an application named "Galvanix" was registered on my macOS Sonoma 14.5. When it happened, I just noticed a notification and opened the macOS System Settings/General/"Open in ...
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Applescript application disappears from login items after running once

I have an AppleScript application (i.e. an AppleScript exported as an application) in my "Login Items" list which disappears from the list after running once. The script itself is simple: ...
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"Open.exe" from unidentified developer exists as a executable in my login items?

I cannot find anything on this binary - It does seems to function as stated when I use the command to open files, but I never installed it nor do I see it as a default executable in the bin folder of ...
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AppleScript (Music.app) error: Can't get duration of current track

I have a simple AppleScript for starting a random video on a random position in Music.app as Automator application and as a startup login item. In the half of cases I get an error: The action "...
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Can a macOS App define which folders + files + settings (Background Tasks, Notifications) are removed upon uninstalling the app?

I'm using a macOS App - and I'm wondering how to define which folders created by the app are removed when using Cleaner-apps such as CleanMyMacX or other such uninstaller tools. So far it seems that ...
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How to prevent "Background items added" notification when running shell script with launch agent

I created a custom .plist file to run a simple startup.sh script when I log into my user, and added it to my /Library/LaunchAgents directory. Everything works as intended, however, every time my ...
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How can I stop Microsoft SharePoint keeps adding itself to my Login Items

My office uses a software suite created by an independent developer called Microsoft. An app within this suite keeps adding itself to my Ventura 13 startup items. I neither asked for nor approved this ...
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Remove login items from old profile that no longer exists, after Time Machine restore

I recently had my work MacBook Pro's admin software removed (by IT, the same department that initially set them up) and the macOS freshly installed, with the old profiles removed. I had a Time Machine ...
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How to determine details of backgound process?

In my system settings on macOS Sonoma I see a bunch of apps in the "Allow in Background" for example in the screenshot there are there are several entries for Docker. How do I find out ...
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How to run a script on login that can capture camera output

I have the following shell script: #!/bin/bash time=$(time); imagesnap -q "/var/captures/$time.jpg"; When I run it in the terminal, everything works. But when I run it using launchtl or ...
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Add "Allow in the background" items from command line

Some of the applications on my system run only if they are allowed to run in the background. I want to run these apps only in certain time windows. Due to this, I am manually enabling the app in ...
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Set Environment Variable for specific application that starts at login

I need to set an env var for an app on MacOs. This is an app that I want to run on startup (currently via Login Items). I can set the env var as a LaunchAgent plist file with the RunAtLoad key set ...
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Who's Nikita Borodulin from Settings > Login Items? [duplicate]

On macOS Ventura 13.3.1 (a) in Settings, in Login Items there's an entry "Nikita Borodulin 3 items: 3 items affect all users". Who's this person?
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macOS Ventura 13.2+ Login Items removed on start up

I have downloaded the app Magnet and added it to my Login Items under System Settings → General → Login Items. When I login / logout from lock there is no problem. When I restart my computer, however, ...
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How to remove "Login Item" Mac 13.1 Ventura

I've read the other "How to remove login item" answers, and they don't apply here. I get 9 warnings like this after a reboot: I opened the Settings app (MacOS 13.1 Ventura), and found "...
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Help with osascript Command to Hide Login Item on MacOS Ventura

I'm attempting to use the following command in Terminal on MacOS 13.2.1 to add WebDrive.app to my login items hidden (or even just minimized) on MacOS, since there appears to be no way to do it with ...
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Why do I see “ln” listed in the login items? [duplicate]

I'm currently using macOS Ventura 13.1 on my i5 Macbook Pro 2020. After updating to this version, some unexpected behavior has arose, such as "Steam" added items that can run in the ...
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How can I stop getting "Google Updater" added items that can run in the background notification?

I keep getting this notification, I don't know if Chrome tries to add those items to "Allow in the Background" setting but it's a bit annoying as I would like to keep Settings notifications. ...
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Launch two or more Google Chrome apps on login, preferably minimized/hidden

I'm using macOS Ventura and I'd like to launch both Gmail and Google Calendar apps on startup/login. Both apps were "installed" via Chrome's Create Shortcut... option that essentially ...
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XQuartz setting default shell for xterm under Ventura

In a clean rebuild of Ventura, my default shell is /bin/zsh. For instance, that is what shows up in a Terminal.app terminal. If I start an xterm (launched from XQuartz 2.8.4), the shell shown in $...
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macOS Ventura has two copies of Postgres in Login Items

Just notice my Mac (running macOS Ventura 13.1) has two copies of postgres listed as Login Items in System Settings > General > Login Items. Clicking on the (i) button for EITHER one opens a ...
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Charlie Stigler and other random items running in the background?

I have a MacBook Pro with macOS Ventura 13.0. In System Settings -> General -> Login Items, I discovered that a random Charlie Stigler item was running in the background. I have no idea what ...
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macOS `launchctl load` problem with <ProgramArguments>

I have little misunderstandng why my ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.user.loginscript.plist doesn't work. Here is NOT working code inside my plist: <key>ProgramArguments</key> <array> <...
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Where do the "Allow in the Background" login items in the macOS Ventura System Settings come from?

I have some mysterious entries in the Login Items > Allow in the Background section in the macOS Ventura System settings. How can I find out more information about them, such as their command-line ...
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Starting a few days ago, I have multiple unwanted app launches on startup. Help!

Starting a few days ago, several apps have begun to launch on startup, without my having set them to do so. None of them show up in "Login Items." None of them show "Open at login" ...
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OneDrive.app keeps getting removed from Login Items

I want the OneDrive.app to start automatically on startup. I add it to the Login Items section but it gets removed from there after some time automatically. How can I fix this? I am using Big Sur and ...
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A new user titled "other" has suddenly appeared on my login

I have tried to disable root user but when I get to the edit menu in the Directory Utility the option showing is "Enable Root User" so I'm guessing it's currently disabled. I also have the ...
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How to open "Login Items" in "System Settings" programmatically in MacOS 13 - Ventura?

I want to open "Login Items" of System Settings in MacOS Ventura(13.0) programatically. For example, to open "Notifications", i can use the following url: x-apple.systempreferences:...
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accumulating terminal profiles

I have a "login item" which runs a short Perl script. It is a *.terminal file simply because I don't know how else to run a script as a login item (ie. there is no input or output). It works ...
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How can I remove a persistent attempt by macOS to auto-mount network volume after it was removed from the Users & Groups login items

I have a 2019 MacBook Pro running macOS Monterey 12.3.1 I used to have an item for my user in System Preferences>Users & Groups>Login Items that would auto-mount my NAS volume using my ...
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App to toggle login apps [closed]

Is there an app to toggle login apps? I don't want junk like CleanMyMac, just a barebones toggle app.
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How does Hocus Focus run automatically at login?

I've been using an application "Hocus Focus" ever since I upgraded to a MacBook M1 running Big Sur (I don't remember what I was using before, but it wasn't compatible). Today I upgraded to ...
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What does this specific “Login item” do?

I’m troubleshooting a MacBook and looking at the Login items. I see two whose kind is “Unknown” and which have a yellow alert icon next to them. But I have no idea what they are intended to do. How ...
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Keychain Access app opens on login Big Sur. Did not set as login item

For the past day, Keychain Access has been opening on login on my M1 MacBook Air running Big Sur 11.3. Did not set it as a login item. What could be the cause and what should I do to check for any ...
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How to remove unremovable network drive login item?

When I reboot my MacBook Pro (11.3 now, but it's been happening for years) the reboot pauses for about a minute, after which it tells me there was a problem connecting to a certain defunct network ...
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How to stop a Mac app from launching at startup?

How can I stop an app from launching at startup when: right click on the app on the dock > options > open at login is not ticked. the app is not on the login items list (System Preferences > ...
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How to delete hidden login iterms from backgrounditems.btm? CML way is prefered

I am running MacOS Big Sur. I installed some apps downloaded online. I found out many apps were started automatically at startup. By googling and examining my system, I figured out they were started ...
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How can I troubleshoot this re-occuring prompt to give a mysterious app security access?

EDIT: Found some files, not sure if deleting them will fix the issue though. Does anybody know if I can just delete these?: For a couple months now, I've been getting this error, periodically, a few ...
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How do I find and kill an application which keeps restarting?

I am writing an application in Swift and I have attempted to allow it to launch at login by following a number of tutorials. This involves creating a launcher application and enabling it using ...
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How do I disable "modern login items" (shared helper applications) which don't show up in system login items? [duplicate]

Spotify auto-launches even if I tell it not to from within its own preferences. It does not seem to be started through any of the "classic" means of auto starting a program - i.e. Login ...
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How to launch Trello on Login as menubar item?

Is there a way to launch Trello app on Login or startup, in menubar only state. Menubar only state : There's a window style dropdown option in Trello settings. When you choose Dock & Menubar ...
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How to wait until internet connection, before launching "login item"

My Slack and a few other apps will automatically launch at login on my Macbook, since they are listed under "login items". However, some, like Slack, will launch before the internet is connected, and ...
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Auto-launch Microsoft Teams by adding it to my "Login Items"

I want Microsoft Teams to start automatically every time I turn on/log into my (company) MacBook (running Mojave 10.14.5. I can add it to my login-items under System Preferences -> Users & ...
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Does Little Little Snitch 4 block connections during login?

I have been using Little Snitch for some time now. I think the version I've started to use the program with, was 3.5. Anyway, I remember seeing notifications from Little Snitch about connection ...
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Application removes itself from "login items"

Probably an opposite issue compared to what people post in here. I have a simple menu bar app hider, Vanilla, in free version. A "pro" feature is to make it start at login, which can be done from ...
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XDM software starting up on login but not present in Login items

I am using XDM (Xtreme Download Manager software) on my Mac. When I login then the XDM software is started. But I do not see it in Login items(System Preferences → Users & Groups → Login Items ...
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Catalina reopens app windows upon login despite turning it off

I noticed this issue as soon as I updated to macOS 10.15(Catalina). The OS opens every previously opened windows even when the Reopen windows when logging back in is unticked. Another bug I noticed ...
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Adding login items from terminal in Catalina

I've tried multiple ways but none work. A few AppleScripts and even some bash script somebody made. Which essentially just executes a different AppleScript afaik. Some of the commands I have tried: ...
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