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How can I set a program to launch automatically when I log on the computer? How do I stop a program from opening automatically when I log on?

If you want a frequently used application, document, or other item to open automatically after you log in to Mac OS X, then you can make it a login item.

  1. Click on the Apple Menu in the upper left corner of your screen and choose System Preferences
  2. Choose Users & Groups (OS 10.8) or  Accounts (OS 10.6.8) from the View category.
  3. Highlight your username
  4. Click the Login Items button.
  5. Click the "+" button and select the application that you would like to launch whenever you log on the computer.

The item(s) you select will automatically open the next time you log in.

 
If you have an application in the login items that you want to remove, follow steps 1 through 4 as described above. Highlight the application that you no longer want, then click on the "-" button to remove it from the login items.
 
If your computer has OS 10.8 and Users & Groups does not display in System Preferences, open the Application you wish to add or remove as a Login Item. Click and hold on the Application icon in the dock to reveal a pop up menu. Select Options from the menu to reveal a second pop up menu. Select Open at Login to add that application to your login items. If Open at Login already has a checkmark, and you want to turn that option off, click on Open at Login again to remove the checkmark. 

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