Mac Startup items: How to stop programs from running at Startup

Every time you switch on or restart your MacBook or iMac some programs start running automatically after the operating system loads. Over time as the number of such apps increases, your Mac’s speed will start to slow down. So if you want to change your Mac login items, this article is for you.

Change Startup Programs on Mac

To manage Mac startup apps and launchdaemons follow these easy steps.

  1. Go to System Preferences → Users & Groups → Login Items tab.

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  1. Click the Lock icon in the bottom left corner to change startup programs. It will require your password to allow changes.

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  1. Tick the box by the application name to enable or disable it from the automatic login items.

how to remove programs from startupAdd Mac Startup programs

  1. Click the “Plus” button.
  2. Select the app and then click “Add.”

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One more way is using the Dock panel. If your app has an icon in the Dock panel, simply make a right-click on it and from the pop-up window select Options → Open at Login.

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How to Change Startup Programs on Mac with App Cleaner & Uninstaller Pro

If you have problems with startup items and the apps run automatically despite not being checked, then try a free App Cleaner & Uninstaller software, which allows to manage files’ extensions.

  1. Download the app from the App Store and open it.
  2. Go to the Extensions tab.
  3. Select from the Launch Agents and Login Items categories unneeded apps and switch their toggle buttons.

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With the application, you can even remove login items. But please, if you have decided to remove a login file, first make sure, that you will not need it anymore. 

  1. Tick the checkbox near the Launch Agent file.
  2. Click the Remove button.

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App Cleaner is a tool to remove service files, uninstall apps completely and manage extensions. It is easy with the app to enable and disable automatical running of any program at Mac startup.