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Applications start automatically on restart, despite having closed them before shut down.

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Feb 14, 2013 6:53 AM

Basically, I close all my running applications, wait about a minute or so after they finish closing, then shut down the computer. Upon restart, they re-open the last used applications despite them being closed before shut down. This makes no sense. I'm not shutting off the computer while they are running. I don't want to uncheck the "Reopen windows when logging back in", as there are times when I want to do that.


For instance, I close google chrome (wait for it to completely close), but keep open textedit. I restart. BOTH programs open up. Is this a bug? It's been happening since I updated to Mountain Lion 10.8.2.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)

    It's the Resume feature.


    When choosing Restart, Sleep or Shutdown there is a checkbox you can uncheck to prevent the apps from launching.


    Also in System Preferences > General there is a hard-to-find checkbox under "Number of recent items" you can turn off.

    Also, you can hold the shift key to disable resume on a one time basis.


    You can turn off Resume globally by going to ~/Library/Saved Application State/TextEdit and delete that file…

    (note that the User Library is hidden - one way to get there is to go to your Finder "Go" menu hold the option key to choose "Library")


    To turn off autosave and versions globally


    If you're experiencing slow opening apps or windows since upgrading to ML... as I have... and you don't want your OS to automatically save your TextEdit files, etc. then simply disable Autosave and Versions via Terminal.


    If you don't want autosave or resume you can copy & paste this command into Terminal at the prompt...

    defaults write -g ApplePersistence -bool no

    Press return

    Now reboot.


    The reverse would be "yes".


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