There are lots of things to admire about your Mac, including the sleek polished look and the smooth efficient user experience that it offers. But most of us expect our Macs to do just one thing, and it's to help speed everything along. So why does it seem like your Mac does the complete opposite sometimes? The good news is that there are a few Mac shortcuts that will help you get things done, quickly. Cleaning up your startup app list is one of them.

When your Mac wakes up or is getting rebooted, there are several programs loading up simultaneously. As they do, they compete for virtual memory that is required to.

There’s a difference in how startup and login apps behave. The startup is system processes which power up your Mac. They begin operating when you press the power button and see the Apple logo on the screen. When the process bar is extending, that’s an indicator of startup items being launched. For the most part, they are essential for the smooth running of your computer. But once you log in, another set of apps comes into play. These apps will open by default when your desktop becomes visible. Sometimes, when the list of such programs becomes excessively long, they can considerably slow down your computer.

How do these apps appear in this list? There are apps that can install themselves at startup without you being aware. Sometimes these could be malware applications which can further cripple Mac’s processor and deplete its resources. Whichever their origin is, these settings add to the unnecessary burden on your Mac and worsen its performance.

Some of the apps most commonly starting at the same time as your Mac are various messengers (Skype, Viber), “helper agents” that come along with many applications, update installers, and less benign programs such as adware. For example, an item called “iTunesHelper” may not put your system at risk of being slow-performing but when there are ten “helpers” trying to load at the same time, this can result in a “traffic jam” during the reboot which causes your Mac performance bar to stifle.

The easiest way to clean up the login item list is to head on to Preferences, clicking on the Users &; Groups icon, locating your username and clicking on Login Items button. Here you will see a small window with the list of login items, what kind of an item that is (e.g. Application) and check boxes next to each of them in the column “Hide”. Check the programs that you wish to remove from the list of the Mac startup. To hide an application when you log in, select the checkbox in the Hide column next to the application. Sometimes you need to click on the padlock and enter your admin password to perform such changes. In the latest version of MacOX, you can also eliminate such settings by pressing the minus (-) button at the bottom of this window.

You can also explore the Login Options in the left-hand menu. Here you can opt to display users as a list or traditionally as a name and password window. You can choose to show Sleep, Restart and Shut Down buttons which are convenient. You can choose to show password hints and even using VoiceOver in the login window. After you are done tweaking your options, click on the return button to save changes.

There’s another way to change login items. Head on to Dock and right-click on apps that are found at the bottom of your screen. In the floating menu, you can go to Options and untick the chosen option Start at Login. Congratulations! You have just removed another login item, even if it was not showing in the Login Items list in System Preferences. One of the most commonly found items this way is a Safari browser. For more ways to keep your Mac running smoothly check out this guide and follow these steps to remove startup and login items.