Login items used to be managed directly from the school’s centralized servers.  This is a practice that we are moving away from.  Instead we are allowing the users to customize their computer environment to meet their needs.

For some people, that means having servers (or applications) that automatically connect or launch when you log into your computer.  These are called “login” items.

Login items are created inside System Preferences.

Start by clicking on System Preferences in the Apple menu at the top of your screen.

Opening System Preferences

Opening System Preferences

Once you open System Preferences – Select “Users & Groups”

System Preferences in OS X

System Preferences in OS X

Users & Groups in OS X

Users & Groups in OS X

By clicking on “Users & Groups” you will enter into the profile that you are currently logged in as – aka You.

Click on “Login Items” at the top of this window and you will see all of your current login items.  To add something to this list just drag it into the window.

Current Login items

Current Login items

Important Note – In the case of network shares, they must first be mounted to the computer before they can be added to the login item list.  For instructions on how to add them, check out our post on How to Access Network Shares. Also remember that you may have connected to the network share but it may not show on your desktop until you tell Finder to show Connected Servers in Finder Preferences. Learn how to do this here.