If you’re a recent convert coming from Windows to OS X, you may have a bit of difficulty figuring out how to add programs to the “startup list”. Quite a few programs include a “Run this program when OS X starts” feature, but just as many don’t. This tutorial will show you how to add an application to your startup list.
If the program you want to run when OS X starts has a Dock icon, simply right-click (ctrl-click for the single-button mouse folks) that icon and select Open at Login. Now each time you start your Mac, that program will launch.
If the application you want to run when your Mac boots doesn’t have a Dock icon, open the System Preferences by selecting the Apple menu-bar icon in the very upper-left corner of your screen, and select System Preferences… from the drop-down list. In the System Preferences select Accounts in the Systemsection.
Now select the Login Items tab in the Accounts window. Click the plus sign ( + ) button below the These items will open automatically when you log in: box.