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OS X Mavericks: Open items automatically when you log in

Open items automatically when you log in

You can have apps, documents, folders, or server connections open automatically whenever you log in to your Mac.

Add or remove automatic items

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Users & Groups.
  2. Select your user account, then click Login Items.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Click Add (+) below the list on the right, select an app, document, folder, or disk, then click Add.

      If you don’t want an item’s windows to be visible after login, select Hide. (Hide does not apply to servers, which always appear in the Finder after login.)

    • Select the name of the item you want to prevent from opening automatically, then click Delete (-) below the list on the right.

Temporarily prevent items from opening automatically when you log in

  • If you see the login window, press the Shift key while you click the Log In button, then release the Shift key when you see the Dock.
  • If you don’t see the login window, restart your Mac, hold down the Shift key when you see the progress bar in the startup window, then release the Shift key after the desktop appears.
Last Modified: May 8, 2014
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  • Last Modified: May 8, 2014
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