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eddiethered Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Safari keeps opening with old tabs from about 3 weeks ago rather than my home page. On start up safari is showing as open and there is a folder in the right hand part of the dock. This has the old tabs in it and safari opens with these and not my home page. I've seen other threads which advise to ensure preferences are set correctly etc but none of this has worked. All settings are for my home page to open and not previous windows. What confuses me is why these particular old tabs are opening. Any ideas how to get rid of them and for safari to start opening with my home page again. Thanks.

  • QuickTimeKirk Level 8 Level 8 (49,880 points)

    Using Lion?

    Hold down the shift key as you launch Safari.

  • eddiethered Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, but s safari has already opened this just brings up the 2 old tabs.

  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 Level 5 (5,755 points)

    When you restart your computer, un-tick the box that comes up and asks if you want to restore windows...

     

    Let us know if that works.

  • eddiethered Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry, I always do that. What I can't work out is why safari opens on start up - it shows as open in the dock (it doesn't actually show on the screen which just displays the desktop) and as I said, the page shows in the dock on the right. Safari is not set to open on log in. Confused. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • bbfc Level 3 Level 3 (845 points)

    You need to make sure you quit safari, not just click on the X. CMD-Q will quit an application.

  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 Level 5 (5,755 points)

    Remove it from your Login Items.

  • eddiethered Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    In reply to bbfc and Hackintosh - I don't have safari in my log in items and I have used cmd w and cmd q to quit windows and the safari app. But these **** old tabs and safari keep appearing on start up. It's almost that's there's a second safari app with just these tabs on it. If I close safari once started up and then open with the shift key it goes to my normal home page. After surfing if I then restart what is interesting is that when safari opens with the old tabs it shows none of my recent history from the last usage! Any more ideas?

  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 Level 5 (5,755 points)

    Can you go into your preferences folder, which is in your home library folder.  I want you to drag the com.apple.safari.plist file to the desktop (while Safari is closed).  Then re-open Safari, and let me know if the situation still continues.

  • eddiethered Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hackintosh - sorry for the delay, been at work. There is no such file in the Library preferences folder! Also, in my home folder there is no library. I found the library/preferences under the Macintosh HD folder. I tried to use finder for the com.apple.safari.plist file but couldn't find it.

  • eddiethered Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hackintosh - Update Now find library which appaently Lion hides. Did as you suggested. The situation continues - the old tabs opened when safari opened.

  • HACKINT0SH Level 5 Level 5 (5,755 points)

    Hmm!

     

    Now I am very interested in what the **** is going on there.

    On start up safari is showing as open and there is a folder in the right hand part of the dock. This has the old tabs in it and safari opens with these and not my home page.

     

    Alright, so let me see here. That folder that is on the DOCK, do you mean near the Trash can? Did you inadvertently drag that to the dock to make a short-cut?

     

    Could you remove that from the Dock by draging it off and making it disapear in a cloud of smoke?

     

    It seems somehow, you set a folder (of 3 links) to open up on start-up, if I can picture this correctly.

  • eddiethered Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hackintosh - sorry. Not that either. Yes, it sits next to the trash can. I've tried to drag it out of the dock and also put in the trash can. Neither work. It just jumps back into the dock.

  • eddiethered Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hackintosh - PS If I close safari on start up then the plist instruction then takes me to apple.safari and the top list page when I open safari. How can I get safari to not open with these **** old tabs on start up. All settings say none of this should happen!

  • Johnnyhair Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have been experiencing the exact same issue as eddiethered for the past 2 weeks, I'm having 4 old browser tabs open everytime I launch Safari.  This is not an issue of a settings configuration, it is an issue of a bad .plist or cache from what I can tell.  Like eddiethered, I have ensured the following:

    • My default homepage is about:blank, so upon Safari launch nothing other than a blank page should appear.
    • It is not an issue of restarting the OS and having "Reopen windows when logging back in" checked off, when I restart I ALWAYS uncheck that - but in the past week the same apps seem to relaunch automatically when they shouldn't.
    • This is not an issue of previously closing vs quitting the Safari browser, I Command-Q all my apps when I am finished with them.  Even when I hard-quit Safari, the old 4 browser tabs/websites reappear.
    • This is not a issue of Login Items as I don't have a single application listed as a Login Item for my Username.

     

    I've also noticed other apps having issues (iChat, Chrome).  As of now Firefox is the only browser that is launching without any issues.  Yes an OS reinstall could be an option but that is a substantial amount of effort I don't want to invest.  Due to the other apps having issues this may be an issue at the OS level and not Safari.

     

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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