How to Get Application to Launch at System Startup on Macbook Pro

By | September 8, 2018

Sometime i need my apps to launch automatically when i turn on my laptop MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports).

To make those apps auto-start upon logging in to your Mac is very easy. You can just use System Preferences to add and remove auto-start items.

Why i want to automatically launch applications when starting my Macbook Pro?

Because every day in my life when I boot my Mac, I always go through the routine of launching the same apps. In my case, Google Chrome, Skype, Slack and IntelliJ IDEA (my favourite Integrated development environment). My other reasons is because I’m to lazy to search and click manually to launching the exact same apps every single day. It doesn’t make sense to not automate this.

By setting my Mac to automatically launch most used applications, it just saving time. That is the main benefit.

How to Get Application to Launch at System Startup on Macbook Pro?

Next how to set applications to automatically launch at boot up on Macbook Pro?

To make an app launch automatically on your Mac, simply do the following:

Step 1: Open System Preferences.

Macbook System Preferences to automate apps to launch at system startup

Step 2: Click Users & Groups.

How to Get Application to Launch at System Startup on Macbook Pro

Step 3: Click Login Items.

At the bottom left corner of the window, click on the lock icon and enter your admin password.

Step 4: Click the ‘+‘ sign and find the Application that you wish to auto-start via the Finder interface. You probably want to open the /Applications folder to do so. You can select multiple items by holding down the  key while selecting each item.

Step 5: Once your desired items are selected, click the Add button.

Step 6: Then check the Hide box next to the name of the app under the Login Items tab to run an app when startup in hidden mode.

Verify the presence of the apps that you just added to the list, and reboot; or log out of macOS and log back in. Once you do, you should see the apps that you added automatically launch.

If you’d like to rollback or stop an app from automatically starting, follow steps 1-3, and highlight the app that you wish to remove and click the ‘-‘ sign to remove the app from login items.

It might be a good idea to think about your workflow when you fire up your machine. If you always find yourself launching the same apps, then why not automate the process? I hope you enjoy this Mac tutorials about “How to Get Application to Launch at System Startup on Macbook Pro”. Finally, let me know what you think down below in the comments (feel free to ask), and sound off with your thoughts on automated app launching.

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