add applications to startup folder?

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

  1. macrumors regular

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    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

    Peace

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    System Preferences>User Accounts>Log-In Items
     
  3. macrumors member

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    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

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    Thank you :)
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    Misdirection?

    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

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    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

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

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