This Mac tip is provided by Mark Greentree and was originally posted on Mark’s blog – Everyday Mac Support. For more of Mark’s tips visit his site, follow him on Twitter, or browse his archive of posts here.
How to: Disable Login Items Temporarily
Do you have login items that are set to launch when you log into your user account?
If so, you may from time to time prefer that this didn’t happen. You may be trying to troubleshoot a problem with your Mac, or you may simply wish to access your Mac quickly without applications loading in the background.
If this is the case, you should consider holding down the Shift key on your keyboard when logging into your user account.
By doing so any login items will not load thereby allowing you immediate and uninterrupted access to your Mac.
Please remember this can only be done when logging in. If you do it when your Mac is booting up you will be starting your Mac in Safe Mode. This mode is designed for troubleshooting and will change the way your computer operates and responds, until you restart it via the normal procedure.