How to make applications start at startup on Mac

If you have favorite apps that you always go to on your Mac, you can launch those apps as soon as you start your Mac by following the steps below in this article.

Let applications start at startup on Mac

If you always have certain applications open when you start your Mac, you can add those apps to your Mac’s startup items list. This will automatically open your favorite apps as soon as you open your Mac.

For example, let’s say that you always open the Safari app as soon as you start your Mac. In such a case, you can add Safari to the list of startup items on your Mac so that your Mac automatically opens Safari on startup.

In addition to launching apps at startup, you can also choose to launch apps at startup but hide them in the background. This allows you to access your desktop while your favorite active app stays in the background and is available for your immediate use.

In this article, we’ll take a look at how to launch applications at startup on Mac using two different methods as listed below.

Let applications start at startup on Mac with Dock

If the application you want to launch at startup is in your Mac’s Dock, you can follow these steps to have the application open automatically at startup.

1. Right-click the app icon you want to launch at startup on your Mac. This will activate a small popup menu.

2. Hover over it in the pop-up menu options and then click Open at login option (see picture below)

Open the sign-in option on Mac

From now on, the application will open automatically when you start your Mac.

Allow applications to start at startup on Mac using Preferences

If the app you want to launch on Mac at startup is not in your Mac’s Dock, you can still launch that application on Mac at startup by using the Settings menu on your Mac.

1. Click on that apple icon located in the top menu bar on your Mac, then click system settings in the drop down menu (see image below)

tab

2. On the System Settings screen, click Users & Groups possibility

User and Group Preferences on Mac

3. On the next screen, click the current user account option in the sidebar menu, and then click the Login Items tab (see image below)

Add an app to the launcher list on Mac

4. Then click on the + Button to add an application to the list of startup apps (see image above)

5. On the next screen choose the application you want to start at startup, and then click the Add to button located in the lower right corner of your window (see image below)

Select program to add to startup list on Mac

The next time you start your Mac, the application you just added to Login Items will automatically start on your Mac.

Hide applications that launch at startup on Mac

As mentioned above, you can also hide applications that launch automatically on startup on your Mac. As a result, the applications run in the background and are always ready for use.

1. Click on that apple icon in the top menu bar on your Mac and then click the system settings Option in drop down menu (see image below)

tab

2. On the System Settings screen, click user groups option (see image below).

User and Group Preferences on Mac

3. On the next screen, click on your user account in the left sidebar menu and then click on this Login Items tab (see image below)

Hide Start app on Mac

4. Under the Login Items tab, enable the application you want to hide on your Mac (see screenshot above).

From now on, the applications you’ve chosen to hide on your Mac will open at startup, but they’ll continue to run in the background and remain hidden from your eyes until you click them.

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