Unchecking This Box Will Result in Faster Login Times

Mac OS X is designed to make our lives better in many ways. Most of the time, it works to our advantage, but sometimes, Apple includes features that don’t necessarily help, and even slightly hinder our productivity. Today’s post discusses one of those features.

When we restart our computer (by going to  > Restart…), we are given one additional prompt before the computer restarts. If you look closely, you will see an option that most people quickly overlook (if they even notice it at all) before simple pressing “Restart".

By default, this option is checked. In other words, when our computer restarts and we log back in, the applications we had open before restarting will automatically re-open. Now, in some cases, this is useful, but in many cases, it simply slows down the login process. For example, if we have 5 or 6 heavy applications open at the time we restarted, and we left this option selected, those same 5 or 6 heavy applications would restart automatically… slowing down the overall startup process.

Unless you really need this feature, I recommend unchecking it the next time you restart. Fortunately, once you’ve unchecked the box, it stays unchecked unless you check it again the next time.

By doing this, you should notice a significant time difference when restarting your Mac the next time you need to, allowing you to get back to work quicker!

Posted on March 11, 2016 and filed under How To, Mac.