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How do I manage (add/remove) all the startup applications in Ubuntu 11.10 and up?

Startup Applications doesn't show all the applications which are started during boot.

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Your link not work. I have tried all answer but .. not work –  user8324 Jun 18 '12 at 7:32
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Are you using Ubuntu 12.04. –  atenz Jun 18 '12 at 7:36
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@tijybba yes. I am using 12.04. However, after restarting, I can see list of programs. Thanks . This question is dublicate. Please give vote to close . –  user8324 Jun 18 '12 at 7:39
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Okey-Dokey , so please Up-vote my comment :D :) –  atenz Jun 18 '12 at 7:42

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The best way to do this is through running bum

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bum is for services and not for the services as mentioned in the op. –  Praveen Sripati Oct 19 '13 at 11:52

As said above, you have to edit /etc/xdg/autostart/ and either:

  • remove the NoDisplay=true lines;
  • or make those same lines comments by adding # in front of them;
  • or replace true by false in those same lines.

The third solution can be easily done in three steps:

  1. Summon the terminal with Ctrl + Alt + T.
  2. Type the two following commands:

    cd /etc/xdg/autostart/
    sudo sed --in-place 's/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g' *.desktop
    

After changing anything you want, you can go back to the previous state by typing this into the terminal:

sudo sed --in-place 's/NoDisplay=false/NoDisplay=true/g' *.desktop

This has been tested in 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04.

[Source: iloveubuntu.net, thank you Nikhil Sinha for the link]

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how can you disable them if you do not have root access? these start gnome apps for KDE which I don't want –  xenoterracide Nov 22 '12 at 1:20
    
Can also be found here help.ubuntu.com/community/ShowHiddenStartupApplications –  AsianSquirrel Dec 30 '13 at 19:23

The correct way to do this as a normal user is to copy the desktop file in question from /etc/xdg/autostart/ to ~/.config/autostart/ (create the directory first if needed) and edit this copy to state NoDisplay=false. Then open "Startup Applications Preferences" and uncheck the corresponding box.

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In Ubuntustudio 12.04 startup applications can be added/removed by going to the Settings Manager, choosing "Session and Startup" and going to the "Application Autostart" tab.

Is it not similar in Ubuntu 12.04?

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It's normal that you don't see anything listed. The Additional startup programs list is just for programs that start up for the current user (not necessarily for other users, and not all the services that start when Ubuntu boots). Furthermore, it doesn't list the normal parts of the desktop environment that start when the user logs in graphically.

You can check here

Anyone can check this by clicking "Startup applications". Its blank by default.

enter image description here

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when I click to program, it shows nothing . –  user8324 Jun 18 '12 at 7:37
    
Yeah its blank by default. –  BigSack Jun 18 '12 at 7:44
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I recommend you delete this answer, @BigGenius -- the OP knows its blank which is why he's asking us :) –  izx Jun 18 '12 at 7:47
    
If you read above comment. They are also doubt if its blank or populated by default. –  BigSack Jun 18 '12 at 7:53
    
I think BigGenius is right. There are no StartUp programs enabled by default so the list is blank. –  upapilot Jun 18 '12 at 8:02

An alternative:

To view all startup applications at "startup applications" just open /etc/xdg/autostart and modifying the line NoDisplay=true to #NoDisplay=true. Just add an # . Then you will be able to see all at "startup applications" and disable what you want from there.

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Remove the NoDisplay=true line from each entry in /etc/xdg/autostart/ Then just uncheck the ones you don't want in Startup Applications. Generally though the autostart apps are there for a reason so make sure you know what you're doing when you disable them.

There are also various services which store their configuration files in /etc/init. Most users shouldn't touch those files though.

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Jeremy - Thanks for the tip. BTW, used BUM (bootup-manager) to disable many of the services which I don't use and shaved the boot time. I liked Ubuntu, but 11.10 ignored some basic things, like adding users to groups from UI, screen savers, easily modifying unity launcher icons. I am not a big fan of UI, but a UI will easily get more people on-board. –  Praveen Sripati Oct 21 '11 at 1:08

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