How to Open Apps Automatically at Login on Mac

Let your most frequently used apps open right away when you open your Mac.

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Mac startup programs are applications that automatically open every time you log in to your Mac. This is a useful feature if you routinely use certain applications each time you use your Mac or a specific Mac login. Here's how to change what apps open on startup.

Related: How to Find Hidden Apps on iPhone

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Save yourself time spent manually opening apps that you use every time you start your Mac.
  • Use this feature to help remind yourself to do the tasks associated with each auto-opening app.

How to Change Startup Apps on Mac

There are a couple of different ways to change startup programs on Mac, but the simplest and fastest way happens right in your Dock. If the application you want isn’t currently in your Dock, just open the application and it will appear there. To learn more about using your Mac, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Command-click or right-click on the app icon in your Dock.

  2. Hover your mouse over Options.

  3. Select Open at Login.

It’s as easy as that! When you select Open at Login, a checkmark will display next to that option under the Options menu. If you want to stop the app from opening at login, just follow the exact same steps again to remove the checkmark.
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Devala Rees has been a writer since the age of eleven, and a loyal user of Apple products for even longer. His writing background is quite eclectic, from freelance professional articles to Hindu religious scholarship to fantasy novels. Much of his writing on various topics can be found on