The list accessible in Settings>Applications>Startup is empty by default:

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Here and in other places I found the idea that running this command should solve it:

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

But it does not.


The application to start is called gnome-session-properties (part of gnome-session-bin). There the list can be edited.

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Any changes there will then appear in the other list accessible from Settings>Applications>Startup; thus, the latter is limited only to reverting to defaults.

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In order to access that in the Panel Launcher (Applications), I have created a .desktop file inspired by the other such files that can be found in usr/share/applications with this content:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=View apps starting with the system

So that it now can be found when searched or under Applications>System Tools

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  • gnome-session-properties is no longer available in the repositories. Was it renamed to something else? – Sarvex Nov 11 '17 at 10:04
  • @Sarvex - you should ask a specific question on elementaryos.stackexchange.com. I am not using elementary at this time. – user32012 Nov 11 '17 at 12:03

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