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DelayedLauncher... Have login items that you want to open a little later? DelayedLauncher should cover all your delayed launching needs!

Add DelayedLauncher to your login items, and add the login items you want delayed to it.

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Version 2.2.1:
  • NEW: New icon by @lorenzorlandi -- thanks!!
  • NEW: Reveal In Finder contextual menu item (bugfix in 2.2.1)


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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There are several decent apps available that rearrange your menu bar icons, but I think DelayedLauncher does a better job at it because this is all it does. Instead of adding code to each menu bar app to rearrange the apps, it simply delays the more...

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Version 2.2.1
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larrymcj Member IconReview+234

There are several decent apps available that rearrange your menu bar icons, but I think DelayedLauncher does a better job at it because this is all it does. Instead of adding code to each menu bar app to rearrange the apps, it simply delays the apps' startup to coincide with your configuration. I've tried all the other apps that do this, and for me, this is the best since all I want to do is keep the four or five menu bar icons I use the most, positioned furthest left from the system icons.

While I gave DelayedLauncher 5 stars, I only gave it 3 stars for ease of use because, for the casual user, it is counterintuitive with regard to assigning the delay times for each app and how they should be listed in the UI. I'm a retired geek and it took me several tries before the light bulb went off on how to arrange the apps and what times to assign to them. Additionally, there is no help file so you're on your own, and also why I decided to write an informative review.

The first thing you need to know (but no one tells you) is the menu bar apps you add to DelayedLauncher MUST be in the exact order that you want them launched. E.g., the first listed app will launch first, then go on down the list. Based on this you need to assign the longest delay to the first app, then about 4 seconds (this worked for me) for each of the subsequent apps. The last app you list will be the furthest from the system icons in your menu bar, so in my case that was my most used app (MailTab Pro) and it's now the first app in my menu bar. Here's how my configuration looks and it works great...you may have to experiment with the times depending upon your hardware and apps.

App 4 - listed first - 20 seconds
App 3 - listed second - 4 seconds
App 2 - listed third - 4 seconds
App 1 - listed fourth - 4 seconds

So, what happens is after 20 seconds all other apps have populated in my menu bar, then these four begin launching, starting with App 4, ending with App 1. The apps show up now in the priority I want (App 1 | App 2 | App 3 | App 4).

Another thing you need to know and you're not told is you must first remove the apps you're adding to DelayedLaunch from your user|Login Items in Preferences (if they're listed there). Also, if the apps have a configuration option for "Start at Login", disable this as well...and also if it has a "Hide on startup" disable this. The "Hide" box should be checked beside the app in DelayedLauncher if you don't want the app to open on your desktop when it starts.

IMHO, the developer of this app could add a good help file, some extra features and more documentation, and spiff up the UI and sell this for a few dollars. Apple would never allow in the MAS, but that's probably a good thing :-)

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Version 2.2.1
lamontDakota Member IconComment+194

Why is it not possible to download this app, whether from here or whether from the author's site? WTF?

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Version 2.2.1

As of now, it works.
Welcome to the mysterious world of Internet, ‘person with interesting nickname’ ;-)


I don't know what to tell you, but I'm *still* SOL, WRT being able to download DelayedRelease!

EndoLab Member IconReview+95

Very smart and useful app.Use it every days

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Version 2.2.1
Rwebber Member IconReview+49

Sometimes system login items "loses" items. This has made my life easier and controls the login arrangement of the menubar apps.

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Version 2.2.1
Gcoghill Member IconReview+218

Works great and very handy! Love the fact that I can reorder the applications.

Didn't realize the delay times were successive (the delay for each app is the amount of time it delays after the last app launched). Discovered that after using it the first time. Pause button is handy too.

Can't really think of anything missing here. Good stuff!

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Version 2.2
Bill9583 Member IconReview+0

Great app and developer quick to respond to questions... always a good sign.
I always feel bad asking for more features from free apps, but I really wish I could have different configurations/sets of apps to choose from when I start my computer... at work I might choose one combination of start up apps, while at home or on the road I might choose others.
Keep up the good work!

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Version 2.2
Roro01 Member IconReview+0

Works as described.

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Version 2.2
Px9-855 Member IconReview+178

Great little tool for solving the annoyance of menubar icons getting juggled up on restart.

Thank you.

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Version 2.0
Lvdoc Member IconComment+535

This seems nice, but I want more. Back in the days of Classic, there was a program that would delay the launch of any application for just a short time and give you the option of quitting before it launched. This was useful if you accidentally opened a program you didn't want. Does anyone know of any OS X equivalents of this program?

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Version 2.0

Not something that can choose whether you want to launch it or not but you can use a simple applescript to control when items start, giving them custom delays down to 0.1 of a second. Here it is:

delay 0.1
tell application "MUMenu"
end tell

if something is launched that you want to delete you will have to delete it after it is open or if you want to keep it on the script and just block it out for a certain download startup just put "-- " space after the "--" and then compile... the item stays in the list and you can leave it there for a quick change if you want that item to start or you on next login. You can also, have multiple scripts, grab "tinkertool" so you can control your login items very easily... regular tinkertool, not the shareware tinkertool system. Tinkertool is a free app from Dr. Marcel Bresink... great dev.


Thank you! And I've used Tinker Tool for years. Great app!

Randyharris Member IconComment+21

Nice utility that I can use.

1) I'd suggest changing the "Configuration" screen's title to: "DelayedLauncher Configuration"
2) Needs an icon instead of generic App icon.
3) Please put a PAUSE button that can be pressed when setting up, when opened it wants to start launching everything.
3) Most importantly, it would be great if each item could have it's own specific delay set for it. As it is now I've got a LOT of apps all firing up at exactly the same time which delays my system bog-down from boot up to a little later. Alternatively, maybe an user incremental delay setting instead of specific delays by item. In other works, an incremental delay of 5 seconds, so item 1 fires at the overall delay setting, 1 min 5 sec item #2 launches, 1 min 10 sec item 3 fires off, etc.


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Version 1.0
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Version 2.2.1
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Version 2.2.1
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Downloads 8,425
Version Downloads 6,003
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 02 Feb 2011
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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