How To Disable OS X Startup Programs

If you disable start up programs in Windows, it helps your PC boot faster. The same holds true for a Mac. Here’s how to disable and manage login items in OS X.

If you’re Mac isn’t booting up as fast as you’d like, it’s easy to disable startup items. Just like disabling startup items in Windows, you can do the same in OS X. Here’s how.

Click the Apple icon on the menu bar and select System Preferences.

system preferences OS X

The System Preferences screen opens. Under System, click Users and Groups.

Users and Groups OS X

Users & Groups opens. Click Login Items and uncheck each of the programs you don’t want to launch during startup.

Uncheck apps

To remove an item from the Login Items list, highlight it and click the minus ( – ) button.

remove items

If you want to add a Login Item, click the plus (+) button. Then pick a program from the Applications folder. Click Add.

Add program

Here I added GarageBand. Adding a program will let you check it to run at Login if you want.

Garage Band Added

After removing Login Items, the next time you reboot your Mac – it will boot up faster.



  1. raymond brouillette

    April 12, 2012 at 2:44 am

    i received the info for mac; i would like the info for pc. thanks

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