So you’d rather clean the shower with a toothbrush than reboot your mac because everytime you do half a dozen applications fire up making it a more tedious experience than watching an episode of Big Brother.
There can be a couple of reasons for this and they are all easy to fix.
A few years back Apple thought it might be cute for the Mac to remember what applications you had open at the time of shutdown and reopen them for you next time you started up! This might be great if you only had one open application or you haver a super fast Mac but otherwise its a pain.
You can check to see if this is on and turn it off by simply choose Log Out from the Apple menu. As soon as you do you’ll be given a dialogue box asking you if you are sure and it is here where that annoying feature is either turned on or off.
Simply uncheck the box and then choose Cancel.
The other possibility is that, for some reason, a number of applications have been told to launch at startup. You might have done this for some reason eons ago but don’t want it it anymore.
1. Click on the Apple menu and choose System Preferences
2. Click on Users and Groups
3. Click on Login items
4. Click on the Application(s) in question and click on the minus sign.
Just as a side note… its here where you can add a startup item if you want. Just click on the PLUS sign and locate the Application in question.