Auto-open of files

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by aicul, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. aicul macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2007
    no cars, only boats
    Hi All,

    In lion some applications will auto-open all previously open files when they are started.

    To me this is just an irritation as, for example, preview will happily open a file that I have put in the trash can !

    Is there a way to block the auto-open, I just want the app to start, and forget about previously opened files.

    Note : the subject is not the same as the "reopen windows.." of the log-out/log-in screen

    Any advice welcome.
  2. Feed Me macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
    Location Location
    What you're experiencing is a feature of Lion called "Resume".
    It reopens all previously open windows when you launch an app.

    To stop this,

    - Close all open windows in the app before you quit.
    If you do this, the windows won't reopen when you launch the app again.

    - Turn off resume altogether
    Go to System Preferences > General > and uncheck the box that says "Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps"

    Hope this helps
  3. aicul thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2007
    no cars, only boats
    100% perfect !


    Frankly I fail to see the use of "resume", particularly when it oversteps other functionality such as that of opening files that are in the trash can. Looks more to me like a nifty technical trick that a developer wanted to show off...

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