Login items

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  1. mitstoshi macrumors regular

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    Are there default login items? If so, what are they? My late 2012 iMac is on 10.10.3
     
  2. joedec macrumors 6502

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    iTunesHelper, that's about it. It gets added first time you start iTunes.
     
  3. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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    That's the only thing on my MBP as well.
     
  4. mitstoshi thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Joedec.

    I have three additional items:

    -SpeechSynthesisServer
    -AdobeResourceSyncrenizer
    -Drobox

    Would it speed up the login if some or all items were hidden?
     
  5. Morpheo macrumors 65816

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    I don't think so - they are all running in the background anyway.
     
  6. joedec macrumors 6502

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    Exactly. Hidden just tells the application not to display a window when starting.
     
  7. mitstoshi thread starter macrumors regular

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    How about delete the items?
     
  8. joedec macrumors 6502

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    Dropbox puts the entry in Login Items according to what you select in Dropbox preferences. As far as the others, I don't know what they are, hard to say.

    (BTW, you can right click to Show in Finder to gain more information about them.)
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can check the following locations for apps that automatically launch on startup and delete any you don't need/want:
    • System Preferences > Users & Groups > yourusername > Login Items (SL and older: System Preferences > Accounts > yourusername > Login Items)
    • In Finder, click Go > Go to Folder > /Library/LaunchAgents
    • In Finder, click Go > Go to Folder > ~/Library/LaunchAgents
    • In Finder, click Go > Go to Folder > /Library/StartupItems
    After you delete items from the list, restart your Mac and those processes should not be running.
     
  10. flur macrumors 68000

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    What does the ~ in "~/Library" mean?
     
  11. joedec macrumors 6502

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    That's notation for your home directory, for example mine is /Users/joedec

    So ~/Library is the equivalent of /Users/joedec/Library
     
  12. flur macrumors 68000

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    Ahh, thanks. I've seen this a bunch of times and never knew what it meant.
     
  13. xgman macrumors 601

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    The startupitems folder referenced above, in Yosemite, is obsolete and will be ignored.
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Do you have a reference for that, such as an Apple Support document that you could provide a link to?
     
  15. kwokaaron macrumors 6502a

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    I delete that every time I update my iTunes since I don't need iTunes to automatically open for me when I plug my device in. One less thing running in the background. ;)
     
  16. mitstoshi thread starter macrumors regular

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    My question is would it boot up the system faster after deletion (1.e. no login items)?
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Getting to your account login wouldn't be any faster, but the more items you launch on startup, the more time it takes for you to be fully up and running once you're logged in.
     
  18. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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    I considered that but the requirements for it are minimal.
     

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