Questions tagged [login-items]

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

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How do I stop the Adobe Creative Cloud app from auto-launching on login?

How do I stop the Adobe Creative Cloud app from auto-launching on login? I don't see any option of stopping this, and for some reason it's not in OS X's user login options.
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Location of login/autostart apps setting file in macOS

Under System Preferences → Users & Groups → Current User → Login items, a list of applications is maintained that will open automatically upon login: I would like to share these settings across ...
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What is the yellow warning sign in the “Login Items” Tab under the “Users & Group” System Preferences?

I was deleting Skype from my login items and noticed that iTunesHelper showed a warning under a unmarked column. What does it mean and how do I fix it?
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Can Login Items be added via the command line in High Sierra?

Can Login Items be added via a command in terminal? I would like to add a few essential utilities like ShiftIt and Alfred to my Login Items via a script when I'm configuring a new Mac. In versions of ...
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What are the ways in which installed software can negatively impact OSX speed over time?

Applications installed on macOS are not always completely self-contained. Sometimes they write files in multiple locations outside their .app bundle, taking up space that they sometimes occupy even ...
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How to stop the Anydesk application from opening at startup?

I utilize this application called Anydesk for remote desktop very frequently, and while I was recently removing programs from starting up at login (because I wanted a faster start up speed) I noticed ...
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Applications open on login when they shouldn't be

My MacBook will open applications (even when no applications were open on shutting down or restarting it) when it boots up. I checked the login items on system preferences and nothing should be ...
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Location of “start at login” items?

I have quite a few apps (Glui, Wunderlist, Cobook) that startup at login (which I do not want them to). I do not have them among the user's login items and when I created a new test user, these apps ...
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Prevent app re-adding itself to “open on login” list

I have an app ("Android File Transfer"), that adds itself to the System Preferences → Users & Groups → Login Items list. If I delete it with the "minus" button, the app re-adds itself next time it'...
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What is MacUpdaterSwift in my com.apple.loginitems.plist file?

I saw some strange entries in my Login Items, so I decided to do some digging in the associated com.apple.loginitems.plist file, and found something called MacUpdaterSwift. Google only gave me three ...
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Tracking slow login items with OSX

I recently installed OSX Mojave beta and noticed that the login process is slower as the apps load. I was wondering if there was a way to track the amount of time each app/process takes to load at ...
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Where does OS X store the profile photo it takes when you first create an account?

When you first create your OS X login account it takes a picture of you. Where does that picture get stored? I can't find it in ~/Pictures or ~/Library.
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Make a script/app run on logout

We all know that Mac OS X has the very useful Login Items functionality which lets you, among other things, set up apps/scripts to run when you log in. I'm looking for a way to setup a list of ...
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Disable citrix receiver startup on login

I have installed citrix receiver on my home macbook. It auto starts on login yet it does not show an entry in the Login Items tab under the Users and Groups pane of System Preferences. How can I ...
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Play startup animation from video automatically at login

I want to add a function to my new install of Mountain Lion... What I want to do is add an autostart process that plays a video (in the .mp4 format) full screen, with audio, and without any controls ...
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Disabling startup items that run on their own

I've found a couple apps that seem to be able to launch themselves on startup, despite that they don't appear in the usual places... - Login Items (in the Users preference pane) - /Library/...
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Launch an Application on login for the Guest User

I would like for the Guest Account on the iMacs in my school to automatically launch Google Chrome when the Guest Account is logged into. With normal users, you can accomplish this with the Login ...
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Run script when new user logon the first time

I want to run a couple of .sh scripts when the user first login after user creation to set the correct settings. I know there is a folder (/Library/StartupItems) that let you place script for running ...
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How can I mount Google Drive File Stream before launchd user agents start?

I have a simple backup bash script that dumps the output of pg_dump for a PostgreSQL database into a Google Drive File Stream directory. This bash script is referenced by a launchd user agent. The ...
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How can I get my trackpad settings to work on the login screen?

I enabled the System Preferences > Trackpad > Tap to Click which causes it to work while I am logged in. However, in the login screen, it does not work. How can I get this setting enabled in the login ...
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What does login item “System Events” do?

I have an item "System Events" under "Login Items" for the admin account on a MacBook that is running macOS High Sierra (upgraded from Sierra). Is this login item part of macOS and what does it do?
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How to remove undeletable login item

I have a login item that I can't delete! It's a random Garageband audio file that I never put there myself. It opens in Quicktime every time I boot my Mac. Does anyone know how to get rid of it?
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Power on and start a terminal automatically at a specified directory

I can open another terminal from a terminal with this command: open -a terminal Also, I can start a terminal at a specified directory open -a terminal ~/Desktop I intend to make the computer do ...
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Why does High Sierra remove my Login Items?

After updating to macOS 10.13.1, my Login Items have vanished. Some users have reported this behavior in earlier betas, but this is the first time I've experienced it in a release. Is there a reason ...
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How do I stop apps from loading at startup if CMD-OPT-Q doesn't work?

The apps are Safari and Xcode, both are loading local files. I close both with the keyboard shortcut in the title but they always launch again at the next startup. My system is running Sierra
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Where/how did this menu-bar application implant itself?

After installing a given application that shows an icon in the menu bar, I would like to delete it. A sudo rm -fr /Applications/foobar.app, followed by a reboot, is insufficient; the menu bar ...
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Item: “Documents”, Kind “Unknown” in Login Items

In my Login Items on Mac OS 10.11.3 I see an item called "Documents". The Kind is specified as "unknown" and there is a yellow warning sign at the end of the line. No further information is shown ...
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How to stop an app from launching on Login?

I have created an app, that sets itself to launch at Login using SMLoginItemSetEnabled. Here is the code it uses. My question is, how can I manually remove this app from launching at login? The app ...
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How to determine what is modifying com.apple.loginitems.plist?

The application DISH Anywhere Slingplayer (currently at v. 1.1.0.386) automatically attempts to add itself to the current user's Login Items, both at login time and at app startup time (I use Little ...
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Mounting shares with Login Items at login, Finder windows popup

I have some shares that are mounted during login. I used Users & Groups' "Login Items" panel to do this. When I login, all of the shares pop up in their own Finder windows. How can I keep the ...
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Why does my launchd script not run at login?

I have tried to follow this question so that at login, the currently configured screensaver becomes the desktop background. Therefore, I have created the following script: # login.sh /System/Library/...
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Dropbox and login items list

I have Dropbox installed on my Mac with OS X Lion 10.8.2. I don't use it often, so I eliminated it from the login item list. However, every time I open Dropbox from the application folder, it ...
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Why do some Login Items insist on displaying at startup, despite being set to “Hide”?

Under System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items, I have a number of applications that are set to launch on system startup. Some of these, despite being marked to "Hide" on startup, insist ...
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Running terminal commands on startup/login

How can I run terminal commands on startup or login? On FreeBSD I believe you can do this using rc.d - is there an equivalent for the Mac? I know how to set up Login Items, but these only work for GUI ...
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Run AppleScript Applet at boot

I am a complete amateur at this. How would I get this AppleScript to work on my Macbook Pro on boot? What steps do I need to take? What does the script do?
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EL Capitan 10.11.4 Unknown Login Items [duplicate]

I have this unknown item in my Login Items How can i view what this is? Not looking to remove just want to know what exact it is
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How to uninstall completely “Blackberry Device Manager”?

I've uninstalled the blackberry software from my mac using the original uninstaller utility. This software did not work properly, so it left a login item called called "Blackberry Device Manager" ...
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“Open at login” settings are ignored

I work in a research group whose employees use Mac Minis currently running OS X 10.9.3. The other day one of our employees mentioned being unable to get Thunderbird to start at login or cause Mail to ...
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How can I remove “zombie entries” from login items when the controls are dimmed?

How can I get rid of zombie entries in Login items? In this case BambooCore App doesn't respond to the - control even when I select it. Also the hide checkbox is disabled on this item, just like the ...
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How can get an applescript to add itself to the open at login menu automatically

In El Capitan how can I get an applescript to make itself open at login? Such as adding it to the login items automatically? I want to be able to send people the applescript and the first time they ...
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Why are my Login Items cleared upon restart?

Since I have been using OS X El Capitan 10.11.3 (Beta 15D13b), most of my login items are not remembered. With the exception of Dropbox and WD Quick, all other applications I put into Login Items (e.g....
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Manage login items from terminal in 10.11 El Capitan

Previously, % launchctl submit -l label -- command args was the way to go. This does not work in 10.11.2, I'm fairly sure it was working in 10.10.x, but cannot be certain. The likely-looking plist ...
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Why am I getting a “dubious ownership of file” error when Launch Agent runs my .plist file?

I have a Launch Agent configured to run a .plist file for example: /Library/LaunchAgent/foo.plist. Inside this .plist, it is set to run during LoginWindow and Aqua. When I attempt to launch my ...
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Sort load of login items

I have about 20 login items in my profile, and I often can use Alfred from the very beginning stage of the system start, but sometimes not. Will be great if I can say the system to load Alfred first ...
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Sort out Apple hosts

I have a question about Apple network traffic. In my network program I can see these three domains (GET) http://init-01md.apple.com/bag http://init.ess.apple.com/WebObjects/VCInit.woa/wa/getBag?ix=1 ...
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Sublime Text doesn't hide on startup

I added Sublime Text to my Login Items, so that it starts up automatically when I start up my Mac. However, even though I have the Hide box checked already, the app still does not hide on startup. Is ...
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App adds itself to Login Items each time it starts

How do I prevent an app from adding itself to the list of Login Items every time it starts? The app in question is Unified Remote, which seems to completely wonderful apart from this "bug".
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Chrome Apps in Login Items fail to start

I have a Chrome App (packaged app, installed from Chrome App Store) that I want to start up upon login on my Mac (Mavericks). I add the item to login items under my User in the Accounts area of Sys. ...
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Run script as root whenever any user logs in

What's the best way to run a script with root privileges whenever any user logs in? It should run in the background without prompting the user for a password.
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Safari starts automatically after login

Since a few days, after every boot Safari will automatically start. Today, the same thing happens with OmniOutliner Pro (MAS Version). I have the latest version of OS X 10.9.3 (13D65) These programs ...