You can control some of them in System Preferences > System > Users & Groups > Login Items. If you want Safari or Mail to startup when your Mac starts up, this is where you control it. But there’s a better way to give your Mac more startup options with a crazy list of useful functions. And it’s cheap..
Startup Your Mac Your Way
My genetically geeky nature has me on the prowl for little Mac utilities that do something easier, faster, better than I can do it, and do it while I’m busy doing something else.
That’s Startupizer, the Mac app that handles the login items that your Mac handles, only better. Here’s Login Items in System Preferences.
My list is rather complicated. I want more control, so that certain apps startup at certain times (desktop Mac vs. MacBook, home vs. on the road, etc.), and under certain conditions. Here’s what you get with Startupizer. Options.
It takes over the Mac’s startup items list, so a custom list will run instead. My favorite functions are basic to my needs. I can add or remove apps from the startup list based on select criteria. Even better, Startupizer will delay some apps from startup until later.
When a Mac app adds itself to the startup items list, I get a notification. Mac notebook users get a special treat. Startupizer knows when your Mac is on battery power, so it will startup different items (so background apps don’t drain your battery when you need it most) than when you’re connected to a power source.
There’s another geeky benefit. Sometimes the order of startup items can cause conflicts (anybody remember Conflict Catcher?) with other items. Startupizer lets you reorder the items by simply dragging them up or down.
This isn’t an app for the average Mac user. It’s definitely on the geeky side. But it’s useful, inexpensive, not complicated to use, and helps out Mac users who like to exercise control over what the Mac does behind the scenes.