Every time when you turn on or restart your MacBook or desktop computer running macOS, after loading the operating system directly, programs for which autorun is configured start to load.

I regularly got in the way of starting the system by launching the Steam application and I needed to close it every time manually. In this article we will look at a couple of options for excluding the Steam application from the auto-run list when macOS is started.

Remove Steam Application from Startup via Dock

In the first case, we will consider the option of changing the autorun function using the Doc panel, and this is permissible not only with Steam but also with any other applications on your Mac. Just follow the instructions:

  • If Steam has a shortcut in the macOS Dock, then simply click the right mouse button (or touchpad);
  • On it and select the Options tab in the pop-up window;
  • Then tick the “Open at Login” menu item.
How to Stop Steam Opening Automatically in macOS?

If the box is checked, the application will automatically start with the macOS operating system, if not, the application is not available in the autorun.

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Remove Steam Application to Startup in the macOS Settings

In the second case, we will go a little deeper into the system and try to change the autorun function via System Preferences for Applications. Instructions below:

  • To control the autoload function, you will need to go to the System Preferences section, for example, by selecting it from the Apple menu (the apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen);
How to Stop Steam Opening Automatically in macOS?
  • Next we are interested in the item “Users and Groups”;
How to Stop Steam Opening Automatically in macOS?
  • In the menu that opens, select the tab called Login Items. Here is the coveted list. As you probably already guessed, control is carried out using the buttons “+” and “-“.
How to Stop Steam Opening Automatically in macOS?

Note: It is not necessary to remove the program from the list: if you just do not like the window that appears when loading it, you can hide it without canceling the launch of the program itself. To do this, check the box to the left of its name.


Now autoloading Steam and other programs on the Mac is not a problem for you – add there what you need, and remove the excess and always keep the autorun functions under control.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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