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After taking a computer architecture class, I noticed I've been using my trackpad less and less and instead relying more on keyboard input to open, edit, create files, folders etc. But I have to deliberately open Terminal after login. Is there a way to automate opening the app?

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Consider using – Kevin Panko Jan 30 '14 at 19:12

You can add a Startup Item.

  1. Go to System Preferences -> Users & Groups.
  2. Select your user and click on the "Login Items" tab.
  3. Press the + button and browse to the application you want to load.
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Setting up Login or Startup items

  • Log in as the user who wishes to have a login item or as an admin user.
  • Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.
  • Choose Accounts from the View menu.
  • Click the name of the user.
  • Mac OS X 10.3.x: Click the Startup Items button.
  • Mac OS X 10.4 or later: Click the Login Items button.
  • Click the "Add {+}" button.

The item you selected will automatically open the next time you log in.


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If you want to be hardcore about it, logging in as ">console" from the login window (no password) will enter a special Terminal-only mode.

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