Apps that I quit before shutdown magically re-open

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by dstrozzi, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. dstrozzi macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2013

    I've had this problem persistently on two Macbooks w/ 10.8. I am happily using the machine, and I decide to shut it down. Not sleep - shut down. I quit out of all apps. I then goto shutdown. I don't tell it I want to re-open apps. Which shouldn't matter anyway since none are open.

    Later, I reboot. Upon logging in, apps that I had previously shut down open! It's as if the machine is thinking "oh, whatever **** you had running an hour before shutting down needs to be re-opened."

  2. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    Some apps might just be set to open at startup, regardless of its status when shutting down. My iTunes is set up that way. I cant remember where to go to turn it off though.
  3. dstrozzi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2013
    Thanks, nice try, but apps I've started for the first time in months do this. It's not an auto-start problem. I suspect the OS has a bug in it....
  4. GGJstudios, Aug 2, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2013

    GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If it was a bug in the OS, many others would be experiencing the same thing. Does it happen every time you restart or boot up?

    You can check the following locations for apps that automatically launch on startup and delete any you don't need/want:
    • System Preferences > Users & Groups > yourusername > Login Items (SL and older: System Preferences > Accounts > yourusername > Login Items)
    • In Finder, click Go > Go to Folder > /Library/LaunchAgents
    • In Finder, click Go > Go to Folder > ~/Library/LaunchAgents
    • In Finder, click Go > Go to Folder > /Library/StartupItems
  5. SR45 macrumors 65832


    Aug 17, 2011
    With me, I have to Quit the application as shown, in order for it not to return upon boot up, but for some unknown reason a few do. Same with Safari, and some of the other programs or apps. Is this the same with you ?

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  6. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    It is a bug and many users have a problem getting this setting to "stick."

    Try this. Shutdown and check the box that you do want apps to restart, then complete the shutdown.

    After the restart, do another shutdown and option key click the same checkbox to uncheck it. This should make the uncheck stick.

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