That’s the list of apps and utilities that start up when your Mac starts up. Here’s how to organize, control, and manage login items on the Mac.
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Quite a few Mac utilities manage to find their way into the Mac user’s Startup Items list. Some of these are Menubar apps, other apps can be added manually with just a few clicks.
The advantage with Startup Items is that certain apps and utilities are launched as your Mac is, well, starting up.
That means, for example, you can have Mail, iMessage, Calendar, and any other app ready to go when you sit down at your Mac.
The only problem is that Startup Items don’t give you any additional functionality. That’s what Startupizer does. It manages the Startup Items.
First of all, Startupizer manages the list of apps, utilities, or tools you need when the Mac starts up.
Notice the controls button to the left of each startup item. Click it and you get a bunch of additional startup options.
Click on the image above for a larger, more detailed pop up version.
Startupizer has even more options by using startup conditions.
For example, some apps or utilities can be set to start up only on certain days or during a specific time period.
Other options include the ability to customize what happens to specific applications when the Mac wakes from sleep.
Startupizer manages the items in your System Preferences, and monitors any changes to the list. What I like is the option to delay executive of a specific startup item. You can even set it to not startup some items when your Mac is on battery power.
It’s actually fun to setup and use Startupizer. This is the way startup items should be managed.