How to stop apps from opening automatically on Mac

Apps that open automatically at startup on your Mac can slow down your computer. In this article, we will show you the steps to prevent apps from opening automatically on startup on your Mac.

Why prevent apps from opening automatically on Mac?

Most programs want to make themselves available to you when you start up your Mac. Some programs add themselves to the list of startup programs on Mac or the user adds them to the startup list by innocently clicking the “Open at startup” checkbox.

However, each application that opens when you start up your Mac uses resources, which increases the startup time on your Mac, resulting in a noticeably slower computer.

So if you’re wondering why your Mac is starting up so slowly, the simple reason is that you have a long list of startup programs, some of which may not even appear because the “Hide” option is turned on in the preferences for program .

Check what apps open during startup on Mac

Follow the steps below to take a look at the applications that open at startup on your Mac.

1. Click on that Apple Menu icon in the top menu bar on your Mac, and then click system settings in the drop down menu.

Apple menu icon and tab

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

Users & Groups tab in System Preferences on Mac

3. On the Users and Groups screen, click Login Items Tab to view the list of programs that open at startup on your Mac.

tab

If the programs that open at startup aren’t your favorite or most used programs, you need to prevent them from opening at startup and slowing down your computer.

Stop Apps from Opening Automatically on Mac with Dock

Follow these steps to prevent apps from opening on startup on your Mac if the app that opens automatically is in your Mac’s Dock.

1. Right click on the The icon of the app that you don’t want to open at startup.

2. After right-clicking the app’s icon, a menu will appear. Hover over it in the menu options and then click Open at login to disable this option. (See image below)

Prevent apps from opening when signing in on Mac

After you disable the option, the application will not open the next time you start your Mac.

Stop apps from opening automatically on Mac using Preferences

If the app that opens automatically on startup isn’t in your Mac’s Dock, you’ll need to go into your Mac’s Settings menu to disable such apps.

1. Click on that Apple Menu icon in the top menu bar on your Mac, and then click system settings in the drop down menu.

Apple menu icon and tab

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

Users & Groups tab in System Preferences on Mac

3. On the Users & Groups screen, click the current user account you’re logged in to (if it’s not already selected), and then click Login Items tab (see image below)

Remove login item on Mac

4. Next, select the app that you no longer want to open on startup by clicking on it. After selecting the app, click on the Button to prevent the app from opening on startup (see image above)

From now on, the app will no longer start automatically when you open your Mac.

Hide apps opening automatically on Mac

If you don’t have a problem with an application opening automatically with your Mac, but you want to prevent the application from showing up during startup, follow these steps.

1. Click on that Apple Menu icon in the top menu bar on your Mac, and then click system settings in the drop down menu.

Apple menu icon and tab

2. On the next screen, click Users & Groups possibility

Users & Groups tab in System Preferences on Mac

3. On the Users & Groups screen, make sure your current account is selected, then click Login Items tab (see image below)

tab

4. Now look for them application you want to hide on startup and just check the small box next to the application (see image above).

Now the application you just hidden will still be open on startup but hidden from your eyes so you can see your desktop first.

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