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How to Automatically Open Applications

Did you know that you can set applications to automatically start when you turn on your Mac? It's an extremely useful feature that can save you a couple minutes every day, especially if there are certain applications you use all the time.

Here's how to do it:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Select Accounts.

  3. Select the Login Items tab. To add applications to the start up list, click the + button and select the application.

That's it! The applications you added will automatically start when you turn on your Mac.

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