add applications to startup folder?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by maximus06, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2007
    How do you make applications run automatically at startup? I think it has something to do with the startup folder, but dragging apps in there only moves them there.

    Is there something like in windows where you can put a shortcut to the app in there?
  2. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    System Preferences>User Accounts>Log-In Items
  3. macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2007
    I think this it what you are looking for:

    Go to System Preferences: Accounts: Start up items. You should be able to add programs to that list specific for each account.
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2007
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2007
    Don't forget you can add applescript and automator actions there too; Helpful if you do a certain 'routine' every time you start up.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2014

    Just bought my Maverick os v.10.9.4 and many Manuals and Googled instructions leave me puzzled.
    It may be because I have just switched over from Microsoft, but I used MACs continuously from1983 t0 1996 so I understand the Apple mind. However I must admit, things are still a struggle at the moment.
    I too, was struggling withe the instruction to drag an app into something called an accounts section of the Apple preferences folder. What I got from that folder was a Window full of Icons, none of which specifically referred to something just labelled, Accounts, But I did seed 'User and Groups'.
    You have to open that to get to another window and another choice in its toolbar.
    Then you see a window with options for passwords and log in items which is where I found what I wanted.
    SO....the proper answer at the beginning of this question should be:-
    a) What is your System Version
    b) Choose system !0.9.4 or whatever? Then:-
    c) Apple Icon/System Preferences/Users & Groups/Log in Items
    d)Drag Application Icon into the fame and check that it is added to the list.

    I know that this is very fussy to all competent users but us beginners need that sort of detail. We are all idiots at this stage.

    I used to describe Microsoft as an endless game of trivial pursuit with Bill Gates and, at the moment Apple has the same problems.
    But it is a lovely machine.
  7. macrumors 601

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI

    For any novice user who happens to open this thread, click on the + button and then pick the App you want to add. (- removed the highlighted one, of course)
  8. macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
    if its in your dock you can also hold down the mouse on it then select 'options' 'open at login'

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