How to Add Startup Items to Your Mac


Startup items, also known as login items, are programs, applications, documents, shared volumes, or other items that you wish to start up or open automatically when you login or boot into your Mac.

Instead of launching these items like apple mail,safari,messages or any other item manually each time using Mac, you can designate them as startup items and let your Mac do the work for you.

Given below are steps that will guide you on how to add startup items.

Adding Startup Items

  1. Log in to your Mac with the account you wish to associate with a startup item.
  2. Click the ‘System Preferences’ icon in the Dock, or select the ‘System Preferences’ item from the Apple menu.
  3. Click the ‘Accounts’ or ‘User & Groups’ icon in the System section of the System Preferences window.
  4. Click the appropriate user name in the list of accounts.
  5. Select the ‘Login Items’ tab.
  6. Click the + (plus) button below the Login Items window. A standard Finder browsing sheet will open. Navigate to the item you wish to add. Click once on it to select it, and then click the ‘Add’ button.

The item you selected will be added to the startup/login list. The very next time you start or log in to your Mac user account, the item(s) you added in the list will start up automatically.

Drag-and-Drop Method for Adding Startup or Login Items

Another method of adding startup items is Drag-and-Drop method.Like most Mac applications, the Startup/Login Items list supports drag and drop.

You can click and hold on an item, and then drag it to the list to your desired position.

When you have finished adding items, close the System Preferences window.


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