How-to: Launch Application on System Start in Mac OS X
I recently had someone complain to me that they can’t figure out how to launch an application on boot in Mac OS X, “it was so easy in OS 9, you just dropped an alias in the Startup folder and it was done.” Yes, it was very easy in Mac OS 9, and it is just as easy in Mac OS X if you know where to look. Now I know some of you are saying this is super simple stuff (it is), but to someone who hasn’t done it, it’s only simple after they’ve been shown how. So here is a super simple how-to in three steps, complete with easy to follow screenshots!
In this example, we will use Stickies (the application this individual asked about).
Step 1) Launch your System Preferences (Apple Menu -> System Preferences) and click on the “Accounts” icon:
Step 2) Now visit the “Login Items” tab, and click the “+” icon in the lower corner:
Step 3) Now you’ll see the Applications folder contents in front of you, simply scroll through and select the application you want to load on start, and click “Add”:
Done. You can remove an application from launching at login by clicking on the “-” icon. Another method is to launch an application, and right-click or control-click on it’s icon in the dock, selecting “Open at Login”: