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 can I run/stop/relaunch an application automatically, at boot/login/some other time?

How do you make a script or app to run or stop running automatically when the system is booted, a user logs on, at a specific time, when a disk is attached, etc.?
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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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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 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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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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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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Why does it take so long to load the login items with “reopen when logging back in” enabled?

With OSX Lion 10.7 Apple has introduced resume: Restore the state of the computer when shut down. Reopen the used windows of applications. While both are quite useful, the option to "reopen windows ...
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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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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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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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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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Mac os X - locked outside my account (language!)

Today I was cleaning my MacBook keyboard (OSX 10.6.6) while the user was locked. Due to some random key-presses, the language of the login changed from English to Hebrew (I use both in MAC, but only ...
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How can I have a fixed order of the menu-extras?

Like the OSX menu items for wifi, battery... I would like to be able to have a permanent order of the third-party menu bar items. I do not want to mix OSX with third-party menubar items, I simply ...
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How to keep apps from adding themselves to login items?

Today, I noticed that there were several "login items" that I'm 99.99999% certain I did not add. I figure those items added themselves when I installed them (they were probably installations that ...
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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 do I change the order in which login items execute under OS X 10.8.2?

If I remember right, in earlier versions of OS X, it was possible to "drag-and-drop" to rearrange Login Items so that they start in a different order. Under OS X 10.8.2 this doesn't seem to work. ...
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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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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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Can I mount an encrypted image BEFORE Finder loads?

I have most of my ~ folder on an encrypted sparse bundle disk image. I have it set to automount via Prefs>Users, but it loads AFTER Finder, so my Desktop is blank unless I force-relaunch Finder. Is ...
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Troubleshooting Slugglish Post-desktop Startup

I have a mid-2010 MBP, with 8gb RAM and an aftermarket 7200RPM hard drive, running Snow Leopard 10.6. I have been using this SL install for about 10 months, and the desktop is barely usable for 3-5 ...
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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 ...