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Scott Nash Level 2 (160 points)

Ok.  I've tried, but this is just not a feature I want.  I can't get used to it and don't like it.  I use reboot to get a clean slate, impossible when it reloads everything I rebooted to get rid of.  In Snow Leapord I (after a lot of trying) got it licked, but the fix no longer seems to work in Mountain Lion.


How do I turn off this stupid "Feature?"

Powerbook G4
  • ~Bee Level 7 (31,425 points)

    This is from MaWorld:


    Turn off the Resume defaults

    It’s easy to turn off the application auto-resume option: when you shut down or log out, deselect Reopen Windows When Logging Back In in the confirmation dialog box. The only hitch is that the button resets to the selected state, so you must uncheck it every time.

    You can also keep your previous session’s documents from coming back to haunt you every time you start an application. Open System Preferences and click on General. In the Number Of Recent Items section, uncheck Restore Windows When Quitting And Re-Opening Apps.

  • Scott Nash Level 2 (160 points)

    Great.  Thanks Bee.  Half way there.  Now how to I get it to stop relaunching all my apps on restart? 

  • ~Bee Level 7 (31,425 points)

    I'll come back tomorrow.

    In the meanwhile, anyone with good advice, pleae don't hesitate to join us here.

  • ~Bee Level 7 (31,425 points)

    Make sure the box

    Close windows when quitting an application

    is checked:


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  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)

    See this for more steps to resolve:

    Should work in ML.

  • Scott Nash Level 2 (160 points)

    Isn't there any way to just turn it off universally?  I'll frequently reboot for no other reason than to shut down programs and processes I don't even know I'm running.  I like to start fresh every day.


    In SL I was able to use a termanal line to turn it off, but it no longer works.  Surely apple hasn't descided to take that away too?

  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)

    Resume is a Lion+ process, never saw the light of day in Snow Leopard. If you don't like it, file a bug report with Apple.

  • Scott Nash Level 2 (160 points)

    I'm getting my kitties confused.  I meant Lion.  Under Lion I had a short automator script to disable it.  First it deleted the<long number>, then ran this command: defaults write TALLogoutSavesState 0


    On lion that worked perfectly, but it no longer does on ML.

  • Király Level 6 (9,745 points)

    This Terminal command will kill Resume entirely:


    defaults write -g ApplePersistence -bool no


    Log out and log back in after entering that command.


    You might find it overkill, though, because it will also disable Auto Save and Versions, for all apps. This is an unsupported feature, and it might cause some strangeness. Proceed with caution.

  • Scott Nash Level 2 (160 points)

    Thanks Kiraly.  I'll try that.  Sounds like I need a good backup first.  I like Autosaves and versions, but I like them less than I dislike the autobooting of all my programs.  I'll try it and report back.

  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)


  • djxk Level 1 (0 points)

    This seems to have worked for me: when logging out or restarting, option-click when unchecking the "Reopen windows when logging back in" box.  I think this saves the default state of that option as unchecked.

  • WylyQuimby Level 1 (5 points)

    Option-check does the trick. Thanks. I often run a dozen applications and have dozens of PDFs open in preview. Restarts are painful. Even with an SSD it takes a long time to load everything to its previous state.

  • Cerniuk Level 1 (10 points)

    Really great feature!  In Mountain Lion I have a server that crashed because of VMWare running other servers. Now the server crashes, comes back, I log in, VMWare launches, server crashes, comes back, VMWare launches, server crashes, comes back and....


    Best yet, the Xserve runs headless and is in Orlando, I am in DC.


    Now if I could write a check that would bounce to Apple and not cost me anyting. Then we could write check, Apple cashes, it bounces, Apple tries to cash again, it bounces, Apple tries to cash again, it bounces... and so on.

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