5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 13, 2015 12:13 PM by Loquos
CeeJaa@Mac Level 1 (0 points)

Mail is not set to automatically start when I log in but yet it launches at start up each time. I've tried to resolve it on my own but can't seem to find any logic as to why it automatically launches at start up.


It launches on my MacBook but not my iMac. I've verified the settings are the same on both machines. I am running the most current IOS and am current on all my apps and software.


Does anyone have a suggestion? Could it be a setting from another program on my MacBook that is requesting the launch of mail?


Thanks in advance for your assistance,


MacBook Pro 17" (early 2011), Mac OS X (10.7), Also: Windows 7 (VMWare Fusion)
  • mende1 Level 10 (91,930 points)

    Do you close Mail before turning off the computer? If not, do that. Also, when you turn off the computer, unmark "Reopen windows when logging back in"

  • lfitz85 Level 1 (15 points)
    • Command-click (right-click) on the Mail icon if it's in your dock
    • Hover over "Options" in the menu
    • If "Open at Login" has a tick next to it, deselect it




    • Go to the "System Preferences"
    • In the search box, start typing "login items" then choose it when it appears below
    • Make sure Mail doesn't appear in that table, if it does, select it and choose the minus button at the bottom to delete it from the list



    If Mail isn't there, I'd say a something is calling upon it to open at Start-up, make use of the login items list to see if that can help you figure out what might be opening Mail on you.  It might be some stupid program that wants to send a registration email or something.


    Where do you get most of you're apps from?  Mac App Store or the internet?

  • marchetti6AB Level 1 (0 points)

    Many thanks for the tip. I have just done a clean install Mavericks 10.9.2, and the Mail app (which I don't use presently) appearing when I start my Mac Book Air was starting to annoy me...

  • uzzielV7311 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've had the same problem too with my macbook air. Every time I would boot the computer, the Apple mail app would come on. I am not entirely sure how I fixed it, but I did a number of things and it went away. First, I disconnected my Gmail account from the Apple mail app. Then, I checked if it was marked to start at boot (from the dock) or if it was on my, "Login Items" list; it was not marked for either. I disabled both my iCloud and Google iCal accounts and then removed the Apple email shortcut from my dock. I realize this overkill but feel free to experiment with the three different steps I took. I hope you find this helpful and let me know if you have any questions.

  • Loquos Level 1 (0 points)

    THIS helped me so much! I had tried all the other options - checking the open at login, checking default mail client. Nothing pointed to Apple's Mail program. But the mention of iCloud here made me think. So I went to check out WHAT iCloud thought it was supposed to be syncing, and low and behold, there was Mail! Now the silly thing doesn't open by itself every time I first login after a restart. Thank you so much! This was driving me crazy!!