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agraham Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I automatically open tabs whenever I am in safari.

Ever since the upgrade to Mac OS Xc10.7 Lion it no longer prompts me when I am closing multiple tabs.

Does anyone know if its possible to activate a warning when closing multiple tabs?

Ive tried to look under tabs in preferences but cannot figure it out!


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • Patricia W Level 3 Level 3 (685 points)

    Me too ... it's very frustrating. I have to refind all of the pages I was working on. If Safari can remember the tabs when I restart the OS surely it can stop me from shutting down a window with multiple tabs.

  • imlearning03 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


    I'm having the same issue - if something gets put out about it, please let me know.  The option for it seems to be gone.

  • keg55 Level 5 Level 5 (6,985 points)

    Have you checked System Preferences/General tab and unchecked "Restore windows when quitting or reopening apps"?

  • imlearning03 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your suggestion.  I did try that, but when I closed Safari while multiple tabs were open, it didn't ask me for confirmation before closing Safari.  Any other ideas?

  • agraham Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am generally pretty good with computers and feels as though I have tried everything.. I honestly think its just not possible on the new system. It's so annoying!
  • keg55 Level 5 Level 5 (6,985 points)

    I'm guessing the 'Resume' feature of Lion replaced the prompt in Safari to close all tabs or not. Unfortunately, that's an all or nothing feature for ALL apps. I personally, have Resume turned off by unchecking the "Restore windows when quitting or reopening apps" checkbox.


    I have 4 pages I like to open at startup in Safari sometimes. I control this by having a folder in Bookmarks called 'Startup'. I added the 4 page links into it and checked the 'Auto-Click' checkbox to the right of the folder. I have the Startup in my Bookmark bar. So, when I launch Safari it will go to my designated Homepage, but if I want those 4 pages (tabs) to open I click Startup in the Bookmark bar.

  • imlearning03 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Great suggestion on the Startup folder - I really appreciate the tip.  I unchecked the "Restore..."  and thank you.  I sometimes struggle with understanding what the logic is when changes like these are made. I respect that they are being replaced by something they think is an improvement and I'm not opposed to change, but I wish it were easier to find the source of the change.  That's one of the reasons i'm still learning - hence my screen name!

    Thanks again!

  • imlearning03 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


    I just tried doing it again and shut down my computer between making the change in preferences and trying it again with Safari.  It worked when I did it that way.  Thanks again for your help.

  • IshtarUllevig Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've been having this same problem until my husband pointed out to me that there are two menu commands under the History tab that either "Reopen the last closed window" or "Reopen all windows from the last session".


    That way you have keep the "Restore windows when quitting or reopening apps" checked and have it applicable for other apps, close Safari without warning when you do really want to close it, and still get your previous session back when you close multiple tabs on accident.


    Now that I'm used to doing it this way, I actually like this better instead of always having to deal with the warning when I do intend to close multiple tabs. I just wish that Apple would have figured out a way for regular users like me, who don't program for Apple (like my husband does) to learn about new features like this without having to resort to an extended search or ask my husband before being able to figure it out.

    The help features don't even mention any of these new changes.

  • Patricia W Level 3 Level 3 (685 points)

    Thanks for this information.


    It will be useful in an emergency, but I still prefer a warning when I attempt to close multiple tabs because it is usually because I thought that I was closing a popup window and click on close window (red circle) in the top left corner. And then I scream (quietly) ... now I have to remember to check the History menu (there isn't even a short cut.) I want an option that does this all the time or asks me if I want to do so. Or a warning when I close a window with multiple tabs. Anything but the current situation.

  • chop90 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    What I think is that it depends on what version of Safari you have.


    On my iMac, running Lion and Safari 5.1, there is not an option to "Confirm before closing Multiple tabs or Windows".


    On my MacPro running OS X with Safari 5.0.5, I have the check out that allows me to confirm the closing of tabs/windows.








    Safari 5.0.5


    Safari 5.1


  • Patricia W Level 3 Level 3 (685 points)

    This thread is about Safari on Lion. You don't say what version of OS X you have on your MacPro but I assume it is Snow Leopard (or something earlier.)

  • chop90 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry about the picture, this is Safari 5.0.5 with the Tab options.




  • chop90 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Opps, 10.6.8


    thanks for the reply....

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