Whenever I fire up my Mac and log in to my account, I pretty much always find myself opening up the same programs and menu bar utilities. Do you ever wish there was a way to automate this process? Fortunately, it’s very easy to configure your startup items on Mac OS X, and on today’s OS Tips, I’m going to show you exactly how it’s done.

1. First, open System Preferences. You can do this by either choosing the System Preferences in the Apple Menu, or by opening it from your Applications folder.

2. Click on Accounts under the System section.

3. Make sure your account is selected, then choose the Login Items tab.

4. On this tab, you should see little plus and minus buttons in the bottom left-hand corner.

5. To add a startup item, hit the plus button, then choose whichever application or utility you’d like OS X to automatically open when you log in.

6. To remove a startup item, highlight an item with your mouse, then press the minus button.

This should work without a hitch for most applications/utilities. However, some applications also feature their own open on startup option within the program’s preferences menu. I’ve found that if that’s the case, you’ll also need to enable that option within the program itself to get the auto-open to work properly. Other than that, enjoy automating your Mac’s startup routine and saving yourself some aggravation!

What are your most-used startup items? Is there anything I missed out on? Let us know in the comments!