Who says you can’t slow down a mac? Too many items at startup?
As you use your computer more and more, and specifically if you install a lot of applications which require them to start as soon as you login into your computer. You will most likely tend to clog up the startup items; This results in a longer wait time while all the background applications load.
On the flip side though, if you need a certain application to start every time you login, Startup items can help! You can add specific applications & scripts to execute overtime you login. Follow these steps to unclear or add login items to your startup.
Top Menu bar
I tend to think as icons on the right of the top menu bar on your mac as an indication of what items are in your startup queue.
Here is another place where we can check what is running in the background. Let’s open up system preferences (CMD + Spacebar & Type sys and it should pop up!):
<h3>Users & Groups Pane</h3>
On the right you will get a list of applications that start when you login into your computer. In this case I have Nine applications that load, and clearly some of them are old applications that i might have deleted. <em>(Although Mac OS Lion is fairly good at removing the startup item, but in this case I have a few unknowns)</em>
One added feature of startup items is the ability to “Hide” the application. This does exactly what is written, a startup application will load in the background and not be visible in your dock.
To add items to your login, click the Plus and to remove click the Minus. Remember to select if you want to hide a application.
I’ve removed a few items!
There you have it!, Following these steps to remove startup items can help the startup process, and make your computer faster.
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