Stop apps from opening when you logon to your Mac

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Is your Mac slow to start up or notice a few unwanted apps in your menubar? Let’s see how to prevent them from auto-starting.

Apps can be set to automatically start when you logon to your Mac. They can also to be set to hidden so you may not notice them starting.

This can be handy for Cloud storage services like Dropbox or OneDrive but can cause your Mac to startup or login slower than normal. If too many apps are running it could also slow down your Mac.

How to remove apps from Login Items

  • From the Apple menu (), choose System Preferences.
  • Then click Users & Groups.
  • Select your user account from the list of users.
  • Click Login Items.
  • Before making changes you may need to unlock the account.
    • If the padlock in the bottom left is locked, click on it and enter a username and password with Admin permission.
    • If it is unlocked your can proceed to the next step.
  • Select the name of the item you want to prevent from opening automatically.
  • Then click the minus button () below the list.
Login Items under Users & Groups – Apple