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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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“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 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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saving login information on iPhone

Is there a good app to store login information to various sites and services on my iPhone?
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How can I see which of my Login Items is slowing down my startup time?

Recently — perhaps when I upgraded to Lion, perhaps some other time — I've noticed that OS X is not ready to go after startup as fast as it used to be. I have a fast SSD as my only internal drive, ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I run a shell command at login time without showing a Dock entry? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to run something automatically when the system boots or a use logs on? I need to automatically run a command when I log in but I don't want to add an item to the Dock. How ...
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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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Unable to remove login item from Users & Groups startup list

I have an item in my "Login Items" list (System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items) that refuses to be removed. When highlighted, the minus button grays out. The "hide" toggle is ...
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execute login items one after another instead of all at once?

I have quite a lot of startup items, because when I open up my mac, I want everything to be ready to go. In my preferences, I've put them in the order I need them, so for example, the first thing I do,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Programs keeps asking for iCloud password when I log in

Whenever I log in a window appears, looks like an Apple program from the icon style displayed in the window, and asks for my iCloud password. I don't remember installing the program, ever using it, ...
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iMac 27" intermittently fails to reach login screen after Mountain Lion Upgrade

I have recently upgraded to Mountain Lion from Snow leopard and now the system will not always go to the login screen. (iMac 27" circa 2010 standard as it came from Apple no upgrades) I have tried ...
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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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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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Hidden login script

I have a bash shell script that runs on login. Even though I selected the "hide" checkbox in system preferences, iTerm still shows while running it. How do I completely hide it?
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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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Login items with niceness other than 0

I have quite a few login items on my Mac, mostly Apps that I want to have idling in the background (like Tweetbot or Reeder), but that I don't use immediately. I would like to give these Apps an ...