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Removing Startup Items on MacBook Laptops

In today’s advanced world, everything is remotely controlled by software.  To facilitate this, there are apps specially made for every specific work.  While this may seem attractive at first, in the long run, downloading and running these apps on any device will only result in slowing down the device.   So, while some apps are great to use at first, their benefits, in the long run, are reduced to a minimum.

However, today’s electronic companies pride themselves over the fact as to how many new innovative apps can they provide on their electronic devices.  All these are built in such a way to launch at the start-up.  So, if you have one such device with has a lot of apps that launch at the start-up, then rather than facilitating your work, they may indirectly cause a slowdown in your work speed.  But all hope is not lost.  There are ways to remove the startup items, especially from MacBook.


Remove startup icons on mac

Remove startup icons on mac

The foremost and simplest method to disable the Start-up apps is from the Dock itself.  All you must do is to right-click on the App and go to Options.   The apps which are programmed to open automatically will have a checkmark right next to the option ‘Open at Login’.   Uncheck this option and it will be disabled.

Another method is to go to System Preferences.  From there go to the Users & Groups section.  This will lead to Login Items.  Here a list of all items which will launch at start-upis mentioned.  So simply highlight the app that you do not need and click on the minus button which is mentioned under the list.

Thirdly, there is another option to temporarily disable the start-up Apps.   For instance, you are in a hurry to start your Mac but do not have the time for all the start-up apps to load.  In such cases, you can temporarily disable these start-up apps for this one session only. For this, enter your login information as per the normal procedure. But hold down the Shift key before submitting your credentials until the time the Dock appears.  This will ensure that the start-up apps will not load for this session.


It may sound cliche, but then there is an app called ‘Delay Start’ which helps in delaying the start of the start-up apps.   There is a timer that you can set up for certain specific apps.  So, these will only start at your preferred time.   The ‘Delay Start’ app has an interface like the Mac.   By clicking on the plus sign, you can add a program to the list and change the time setting, that is by how many seconds the apps can be delayed.  So, the next time your Mac starts up, the start-up apps will be delayed as per the time set.


Sometimes you may need some start-up items later and not immediately when you start the computer.  In such cases, it is better to launch them at the start-upitself. Then you can hide them so that they do not unnecessarily pop up on the screen.  This way, the start-up will be running in the background and you can use it whenever you want it.  The steps for this method are to go to System Preferences. Then go to the Users & Group section.  From there go to the Login Items and then select or tick the Hide box which is next to it.


If you are sure that you do not need the apps then it is best to remove them. There are two methods to delete the apps. One is through the Launchpad and the second one is through the Finder.

  1. THROUGH LAUNCHPAD:   Open Launchpad.  Press and hold the Option key or hold any app until they start to jiggle.  Click the ‘x’ next to the app and then click on delete to confirm.   If the ‘x’ mark is not shown, that means this app is required by Mac. It could also mean that it is not from the App Store. You can then delete it through Finder.
  2. THROUGH FINDER:  Click-open the Applications from the Sidebar of any Finder window.  Drag the app to the Trash or select the option ‘Move to Trash’. Then select the Empty Trash to delete the app.

If you realize that you need to use the app after deleting it, then you can simply reinstall it or restore it from a back-up.


There is no need to get irritated or stressed up if your Mac takes a long time to boot up or it starts with so many programs that you didn’t even wish to start.  So, follow the above steps and manage your start-up items on MacBook.  By doing this you will end up saving your MacBook’s memory and help in fastening up the speed.


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