Understanding Login Items

Login Items allows you to set applications to start automatically when you first log in to your Mac. They are used by many apps to run supporting apps in the background. You may have some items there added by apps and not realize it. You can also add your own apps. It is important to understand what the checkboxes next to the apps in the list do. If you want to stop an app from automatically launching, unchecking it won't do that. You need to remove the app from the list.

Comments: 7 Responses to “Understanding Login Items”

    Rich
    3 years ago

    Hi Gary, I don’t have an iTunesHelper app either in my Login items or on my iMac in the iTunes App Resource folder. Do I need one?
    Thanks,
    Rich

    3 years ago

    Rich: I’m not sure why it is missing for you. I don’t think it will cause a problem, but iTunes may not launch automatically when you plug in iPhone or iPad.

    Rich
    3 years ago

    Ok, Thanks!

    Jean-Claude
    3 years ago

    Hi Gary,
    This is a question that’s been bugging me for a while. I’ve had Mail in my login items for years, with the “Hide” checkbox checked but when Mail opens at login, it’s not hidden. Do you know why this would happen?

    3 years ago

    Jean-Claude: Hard to say without a firsthand look, but remember that for a long time now Macs will re-launch all apps and open all documents/windows when you log in. So the fact that Mail is in your Login Items may have nothing to do with it. If you log out with Mail open, then when you log back in Mail should open again (unless you have changed this preference).

    Jean-Claude
    3 years ago

    If you’re thinking about the option “Reopen Windows when logging back in”, I don’t like that option and have always had it turned off.

    3 years ago

    Jean-Claude: Hmmm. Perhaps Mail then just doesn’t have the ability to launch hidden.

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