Mac OS – How To Add A Program, App To At User Login, OS Startup

There are times when you may need to add a program or application in mac os to start up, just like you do in windows in which the program or the application runs at user login or system startup, similarly you can make a add an app to open at login so that the program runs on startup or just at the time when the user logs in mac os.

There are number of ways with which you can add a program to open or run at mac os startup when user logs including for the apps icon you see on dock bar you just need to right click on the icon and then select open at login as shown in the image below.

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Another way to add any program to run at login which is not on the dock can be done under login items in accounts, follow the procedure to know how.  

If you want a frequently used application, document, server’s Internet Location file, or other item to open automatically after you log in to Mac OS X, then you can make it a login item. Login items are those programs in mac os which should run when you login to mac os, these programs may be chosen in the System Preferences application. Once set up, a “login item” is one that opens automatically after you log into the computer.

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For Mac OS X 10.3 or later

1. Log in as the user who wishes to have a login item or as an admin user.

2. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.

3. Choose Accounts from the View menu.

4. Click the name of the user.

For Mac OS X 10.3.x:

Click the Startup Items button.

For Mac OS X 10.4 or later:

Click the Login Items button.

Click the “Add {+}” button.

The item you selected will automatically open the next time you log in.

For Mac OS X 10.2.8 or earlier

1. Log in to Mac OS X as the user who wishes to have a login item (See tip 1).

2. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.

3. Choose Login Items from the View menu (tip 2).

4. Click Add.

5. Select an application or document in the dialog box that appears.

6. Click Add (tip 3).

The item you selected will automatically open the next time you log in.

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