Sometimes you need things to run a little smoother and be just a little more organised. Your Mac can help you do this with a little-known function tucked away in the Energy Saver portion of your System Preferences. It lets you schedule on and off times so that your Mac can come to life and close down on its own. There are a number of reasons why you would want to do this. The most common would be to set up a few items to launch upon startup so that when your machine loads it also fires up the programs you need to use that day; this will save you bags of time. You could also, if you are keen to extend your Mac’s automated processes even further, use Automator to create a set of workflow options so processes like taking pictures from a digital camera, converting file types, or getting feeds from Safari. All of these would be able to run from startup with a Mac that is scheduled to turn on at a specific time.
Open up System Preferences, then click on the Energy Saver icon, and then, on the right for the interface, click on the Schedule button. You may be prompted for a password in order to make changes.
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