How to Change Startup Programs on Mac OS X

By Kefa Olang

Startup programs are applications that launch automatically when you log into your operating system. Mac OS X enables you modify your startup programs depending on your preference. Not only can you add programs to the startup list, you can also remove programs you use only on certain occasions. For business owners, modifying startup programs can be beneficial -- especially if there are programs you use frequently for business activities.

Click the Apple logo, then click "System Preferences" to launch the Mac OS X System Preferences.

Click "Users & Groups" from the System section, then click your administrator name from the "Users & Groups" box. If the "Users & Groups" settings are locked, click the padlock, enter your administrator password, then click "Unlock."

Click the "Login Items" button to view startup programs that open automatically when you log in.

Click the check box next to programs to hide when you log in. Highlight a program to remove from the startup and click the "-" (minus) icon.

Click the "+" (plus) icon if you want to add a program to the startup list. Click "Applications" from the box that opens, select the program to add, then click "Add."

Click the padlock icon to save your changes and prevent additional, unauthorized modification. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.