Apps open too many files at startup

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ed-hawco, May 18, 2015.

  1. ed-hawco macrumors newbie


    Aug 1, 2009
    Montreal, QC
    Hey. The following annoying problem started a couple of months ago on my Mac Mini (OSX 10.10.3). It only seems to happen with Pages, Numbers, and TextEdit. It’s this:

    Let’s say I open File1 and work on it. Then I open File2 and work on it. I close File1, work on File2 a bit more, then save it and close it. Next time I open the app, both File1 and File 2 open!

    Note that only File2 was open when I closed the app! Sometime the last three or even four files will open, even though only one file was open when I quit the application.

    Any idea what might be going on? All apps and the OS are up-to-date. One thing that might or might not matter: most of these files live on either Dropbox or That should NOT matter, but hey, who knows.

    All suggestions welcome!
  2. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    Have a look in /Users/yourname/Library/Saved\ Application\ State (That's the Saved Application State folder of your user library).
    Deleting the relevant folders there e.g. should clear up the problem for you.
    The next time you open the misbehaving Apps, they should not auto-open any documents.

    Info on savedStates in Yosemite
  3. ed-hawco thread starter macrumors newbie


    Aug 1, 2009
    Montreal, QC
    Thanks Partron22. Unfortunately that didn't work.

    BTW, the files for Numbers and Pages were in a different location:

    I deleted them, then started Numbers. Numbers acted like it was the first time opening (offered me a tour, etc.). I opened File1, saved it, and closed it. Then I opened File 2 (which I had not opened since yesterday) and both File1 and File2 opened. :-/
  4. jack1011 macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2014
    I don't know what could be causing this, so I'm not going to be of much help. All I have for you is a way to prevent the apps from reopening any documents. It's not ideal, but personally I would find that preferable to having them reopen a bunch of stuff I don't want.

    Go to System Preferences>General and enable the "Close windows when quitting an app" option.

    Good luck, I hope you get it figured out :)

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