Is there a way to make applications in OS X load in the background?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by iucakeov, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2013
    Hi this might be an unusual question, but is there any way to make applications load exclusively in the background, instead of popping up as they load..

    For example, suppose I'm working in Dreamweaver or writing emails on Mail and I decide to lead Photoshop to edit a photo quickly. And while Photoshop is loading, I want to go back to work on my other Application but as I'm typing and working, Photoshop pops and interrupts. And then it keeps doing it for the next minute as it loads..

    Is there any script or something I can run to make this not happen?

    Thoughts appreciated!
  2. macrumors 601

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Nothing in OSX I don't believe, but I have no experience beyond Leopard, so I'm falling behind the times. Perhaps something within an application, but I doubt that every one would have it.
  3. macrumors G4


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    A little shell scripting partially solves this:
    open -a AppName &
    This tells OSX to open the application AppName (if found) in the background. All you have to do after running this is Cmd+Tab back to whatever you were doing before.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2013
    Thanks for the reply wrldwzrd89
    Does this mean I would need to run this script from Terminal every time? Is that how this would work? I am not very used to running scripts.
    Or can I maybe load this in the automator somehow?
    Or is there way to save this somewhere so that it knows whenever I run an application?
    I don't mind hitting cmd-tab every time I load a new app..
  5. macrumors G4


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    1. Yes, but see #2
    2. You can make an AppleScript out of this, but I don't know how you'd provide it with the application name as an argument in that case - so you can make it general, and run THAT with Automator.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2013
    Great, thanks for the reply!

    I just did it and it looks like it worked, I loaded Photoshop and it just ran in the background.

    Just to recap, this is what I did:

    In the Automator, I created a new Application, and then added a "Run Shell Script" into the workflow.
    I saved this into my Applications and named it something like "Open app in Background".
    The reason why I saved it as an Application is so that I can go into the System Preferences / Users and add it as on of the Login items at startup, so that it would run every time I restart my computer.

    Let's see how it holds up.

    Thanks for all your help again!

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