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Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by mitstoshi, Apr 21, 2015.
Are there default login items? If so, what are they? My late 2012 iMac is on 10.10.3
iTunesHelper, that's about it. It gets added first time you start iTunes.
That's the only thing on my MBP as well.
I have three additional items:
Would it speed up the login if some or all items were hidden?
I don't think so - they are all running in the background anyway.
Exactly. Hidden just tells the application not to display a window when starting.
How about delete the items?
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.)
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.
What does the ~ in "~/Library" mean?
That's notation for your home directory, for example mine is /Users/joedec
So ~/Library is the equivalent of /Users/joedec/Library
Ahh, thanks. I've seen this a bunch of times and never knew what it meant.
The startupitems folder referenced above, in Yosemite, is obsolete and will be ignored.
Do you have a reference for that, such as an Apple Support document that you could provide a link to?
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.
My question is would it boot up the system faster after deletion (1.e. no login items)?
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.
I considered that but the requirements for it are minimal.