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  • 15. Re: stop office opening previous file
    ctaylorjay Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I'm having similar issues. If I'm using Word, if I close Document A (but don't close Word), then open Document B, Document A opens again at the same time as Document B.

     

    Or if I DO close Word, and then open any document from, say, the desktop or from a folder, it opens not only that document, but the previous one I'd been working on as well.

     

    This is really stupid. It's driving me nuts. The only time it doesn't happen (I think) is if I open Word first, and then open the document from within there.

     

    I don't want to uncheck 'Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps' because I *like* it restoring windows in Safari.

  • 16. Re: stop office opening previous file
    reneefromlivermore Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    When I unclick "Restore windows when quitting & re-opening apps" it will not stay unclicked. Each time I open the system prefs, it appears with a check next to it again. Something I'm missing?

  • 17. Re: stop office opening previous file
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)

    Just to note: Office 2010 is a Windows version. Office 2011 is the latest Mac version.

  • 18. Re: stop office opening previous file
    TAHPHOTO Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Installed the Mark Douma Window Restoration Finagler - added the individual MS Office programs and did NOT check the box... result, the programs open with a clean doc - not the last one I worked on .... Mark Rocks and thanks! 

  • 19. Re: stop office opening previous file
    Flyboy51v Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yep .... I'm finding this very frustrating as well and can't figure out why apple doesn't allow you to just turn this off? There's the simple annoyance factor of my little air screen filling up with every file i had opened yesterday. But beyond that, I do a lot of presenting, and now I'm paranoid of what the system is going to open. When opening Numbers, for example, is it going to pop up my household budget ... another client's budget ... or the actual file I clicked on.

     

    I'm sure there are work arounds ... but why do we have to use workarounds?

     

    Just strange.

     

    I joked to someone that Apple is now cursed because with every problem we'll say "Jobs would never have allowed this to happen."

     

    But ... that is what I'm thinking more and more .... the tiny little scroll bars you can't grab now ... and they frustratingly disappear ....

     

    Funny ....

  • 20. Re: stop office opening previous file
    Cellphonenut Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is not a MS Office setting. It is a setting within Mac's operating system.

     

    Do this- System preferences

                 General

                At the bottom uncheck "restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps

  • 21. Re: stop office opening previous file
    Flyboy51v Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks! Worked like a charm. That was so frustrating ....

  • 22. Re: stop office opening previous file
    TAHPHOTO Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes... and by turning off that setting I find that when I restart I need to manually open up the 6 or so programs I use and then all the browser windows....

  • 23. Re: stop office opening previous file
    hankscott Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Two observations: 1) There seems to be no solution to this problem. I've tried all recommended solutions (except rewriting code), and as is the case with many other posters, they don't work. 2) People who post solutions here don't seem to read what others are saying the problem is. Many folks post "uncheck 'Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps'." But that's what most people, including me, say doesn't work. It's not helpful to offer a solution to a problem when the person raising the problem says your proposed solution doesn't work

  • 24. Re: stop office opening previous file
    whomeverwiz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is happening to my wife with Word 2011 and Lion as well....

     

    She will close all of her word documents before quitting, then, on a subsequent launch, 8 or so word documents will open. Turning off the "restore windows" option seems to workaround this problem, but is a rather blunt instrument to fix what appears to be a bug.

  • 25. Re: stop office opening previous file
    lookin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks! This did the trick for me!

     

    I'm on a Mac 10.7.3 using Microsoft Office 2011. Every time I opened a Word document, then quit out of application, and double-clicked to open a different Word document, it would also open up the previous document. I've had this problem for a while now so I appreciate you posting this solution

  • 26. Re: stop office opening previous file
    amcleod9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was having the same issue. I tried:

    System preferences

                 General

                At the bottom uncheck "restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps"

    But, it then would not open my Finder windows and it all became very annoying. Instead, I selected

    System Preferences

    General

    "None" for Documents. Now, the rest of my windows open regularly and my Word docs that don't keep popping up.

    Worked for me

  • 27. Re: stop office opening previous file
    DP812 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    amcleod9 wrote:

     

    I was having the same issue. I tried:

    System preferences

                 General

                At the bottom uncheck "restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps"

    But, it then would not open my Finder windows and it all became very annoying. Instead, I selected

    System Preferences

    General

    "None" for Documents. Now, the rest of my windows open regularly and my Word docs that don't keep popping up.

    Worked for me

     

    Thanks for that! I unchecked the "Restore windows" box, and for the most part it worked...except with Excel and Word. It would continue to reopen old documents. Only Word and Excel were giving me problems with this (a Microsoft product being difficult, I'll try and hide my shock). But after doing this, Word and Excel started behaving.

  • 28. Re: stop office opening previous file
    kadorkensupport Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Found elsewhere on the internet: works for me.

    In a terminal session, enter the following:

     

    defaults write com.microsoft.Powerpoint NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false
    defaults write com.microsoft.Word NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false
    defaults write com.microsoft.Excel NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false

  • 29. Re: stop office opening previous file
    mister.tibbs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    the way i fond is go to file-close. do not use x.or save ,save as. then close word open it againan see if it work.

    it dose for me.