How To Minimize Applications At Start Up in OS X

Posted in How To, OS X on 07/05/2011 by Cormac Moylan


It’s easy to set applications to open automatically when OS X is started up. Simply right click on the app when it’s in your dock and choose Options > Open At Login.

Open Application At Login

However, the result may not be what you expected. Sure, the applications open when OS X loads up but the applications are visually open on your screen by default.

This can be a visual nightmare. All those apps open = untidy & ugly!

Wouldn’t it be nice to open applications at startup but to also have them minimize to the dock? Here’s how…

Go to System Preferences > Accounts > Select Your Profile > Login Items > and tick “hide” next to all the applications that you would like to be minimized when OS X starts up.


The result? A pretty and tidy desktop with all your apps minimized to the dock when OS X starts up.

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  • AndyBonHelsing

    Thanks! that’s cool

  • Billy Merchant

    Exactly what I was looking for! Many thanks.

  • Kordeul

    Or use third party apps that add even more tricks to your sleeve, I’ve settled with Startupizer recently and find it quite useul.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like an interesting app. I particularly like the delayed launch feature.

  • Paul

    thanks alot 🙂

  • mac dude

    this is exactly what i was thinking of doing and i was planning and now it’s working! thank you!

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  • Vample

    Viber doesn’t actually start minimized even with this option set, any solution ?

  • Flavio Migliorati

    some apps ignore the setting
    any solution?


Cormac Moylan

Cormac is the head honcho behind MacTrast. Based in Cork, Ireland, his first foray into the Apple world was way back in 2006 when he purchased an iMac followed by a Macbook around 4 weeks later. He currently owns a Macbook Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and Apple TV. But he prefers to buy watches. Go figure!