add applications to startup folder?

maximus06

macrumors regular
Original poster
Nov 5, 2007
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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?
 

ryanmcd02

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Nov 15, 2007
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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.
 

dfmac

macrumors newbie
Oct 7, 2014
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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.
 

Gregg2

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May 22, 2008
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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.

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)
 

madeirabhoy

macrumors 65816
Oct 26, 2012
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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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