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psbolton Level 1 (0 points)

When I open a new pdf document, I have noticed that Preview will also open the previous pdf that I had opened the last time I used Preview.

iMac 24", Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Pondini Level 8 (38,740 points)

    Yes, that's one of the new features (and one you can turn off, if you like).


    See  Changes in Lion from Snow Leopard.

  • Joe Gramm Level 5 (6,340 points)

    In addition to what Pondini posted, you can get into the habit of closing windows when your finished, Save a Version or Duplicate. This will all help in not having previous files open.

  • BlueParty Level 1 (0 points)

    Would you be able to tell me exactly how I can turn this feature off?

  • jk_baller23 Level 4 (2,120 points)

    System Preferences > General > Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps.

  • aussieguyinnyc Level 1 (30 points)

    It might also be helpful to note that even after clearing that check box, I had to manually close all of the windows that Preview had opened, otherwise when I started Preview up it would still open each of the documents that were there when I quit. However I can now quit Preview with multiple windows open and none of them will resume when I next open the app.

  • BlueParty Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the extra information.


    The idea behind this new feature sounds great, but it probably needs a little tweeking before I use it. I like knowing that I can type CMD+Q and it will simultaneously close all my windows and it will be the end of them.

  • otto obrien Level 1 (10 points)

    This 'feature' is totally absurd in preview.

  • 62bMoose Level 1 (5 points)

    I agreee with otto brien - totally absurd to be saving the state of an application for Preview-ing documents.


    It appears that you can pick and choose which apps will have a saved state - find the appropriate subfolder in the '~/Library/Saved Application State' folder, delete its contents and then lock it in 'Get Info'.


    But for some reason Preview doesn't seem to have a folder for this, so its saving all the junk (sorry, I mean 'saved state') somewehere else.

  • guanaba69 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am opening documents to show employess and other docs automatically open, these are confidential and I should be able to preview only the document I choose at the time.


    HOW do you turn this silly feature off??

  • Pondini Level 8 (38,740 points)

    System Prefs > General.

  • candeefrommason city Level 1 (0 points)

    Here are the full instructions:

    System Preferences > under Personal, click on General > under Number of recent items, click on None for all of them > check the Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps box.

    That worked for me.

    I'm fairly novice with Mac. Loved it before I installed Lion. For some reason, before the install, I lost what I had backed up to Time Machine. Now, my Mac is all messed up, and I'm very annoyed. Have to get it fixed. *sigh* Some of the Lion changes are not so hot, such as this issue in this thread. Wish they hadn't messed with all of it.

  • Brian Gavin Level 1 (50 points)

    Who at Apple thought this was a good idea?


    This is the first time I have upgraded an Apple OS that I regretted it, and I have been with Apple since OS 8.


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  • CT Level 6 (17,535 points)

    Brian GavWhine:


    I rarely restart. I usually do it to install something. When I restart I want everything back the way it was.


    So, I like this feature.


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  • Brian Gavin Level 1 (50 points)

    Who mentioned anything about restarting?  Or you never quit and app?


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