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2. Can’t Disable Individual Login Items

If you have specified login items for a user in Accounts preferences, those documents, applications, and share points are opened whenever you log in as that user. That’s very convenient if you always want to open the same things at startup (see Figure 2).

Figure 2

Figure 2 I’d replace the Hide column with an Open column in the Login Items pane of Accounts preferences.

However, sometimes you might prefer leaving some items unopened upon your next login. For example, suppose you typically use a PowerBook in an office with a number of peripherals, each of which requires its own application. However, when you are on the road, you don’t need nor want these applications to open because you’re not using the peripherals. Unfortunately, you’re out of luck. If you hold down the Shift key after logging in, all login items are temporarily skipped; there’s no way to disable individual login items.

I don’t know about you, but I never use the Hide checkboxes in the Login Items pane and would definitely prefer replacing them with an Open column instead. That would allow me to toggle individual login items as needed, rather than force me to go through the much longer process of deleting and restoring items.

Another thing that bugs me about the Login Items pane of Accounts preferences is that it displays data in tables, but provides no method for sorting same. Unless there is a very good reason to the contrary, data in tables should be sortable by clicking the column heading, with a second click reversing the sort order.

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