Finder Windows Stay Open After Restart...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by opeepingtomo, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. opeepingtomo macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    This is my first apple computer. Anyways when i first got it i was transferring all my data that i needed and somehow i accidently opened like a billion folders at once, because i had all of them highlighted and was about to move them, and i guess my hand accidently hit the wrong key. Needless to say the computer froze because of the mass number of windows that were openeing.

    So i restart the computer thinking all will be well, and sure enough right after i log in, they all start opening again until the computer freezes.

    So i then boot into safemode, and same thing.

    Anyways, i ask my friend if it is normal for finder windows that you leave open to still be open once you restart, and he said no.

    Luckily now, i know more OSX shortcut keys, which may or may not have helped being that the computer was basically unresponsive as the mass amount of windows opened up.

    So basically what i am asking since it still does it is, is it normal for finder windows that you currently have open, to automatically reopen after you shut down or restart? If not, what should i, or could i do to fix it?

    Macbook - Intel
    OSX Leopard w/ all updates

    Like i say has done this since i first got it, before i even installed any other programs.

    Any ideas? Or is this in fact normal, and if it is, is there a way to disable it?
  2. teohyc macrumors regular


    May 24, 2007
    Sometimes when I didn't close my Finder window before shutting off, they will come back on the next time I power up my Mac.
  3. sidharth80 macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2008
    Leopard automatically opens the last open finder window before shutdown...when u that is what happens in my macbook...
    sometimes it is embarrassing as well.. :D
  4. opeepingtomo thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    So is there a way to make it not do that? I understand "finder" itself starts up, i guess kinda like explorer in windows, but i don't want for actual windows to reopen after i shut down or restart. So IS there a way to have it not do that?
  5. opeepingtomo thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    Also, it's not just the last finder "window", it's ALL finder "windows" that were currently open before restarting, which is why it was such a big problem in the instance i first told about in my first post, lol.

    I hope there is a way to disable it doing that.
  6. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Restart, let it go crazy, Command + Option + Escape, Force Quit Finder.
  7. opeepingtomo thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    That does not work. For one thing ive gotten passed the masses amounts of windows opening, but for another thing, lets say i have applications window, Macintosh HD window, and my user account window open, and i go to force quit.... it doesnt give you the option to force quit finder, only "relaunch", and when i do do relaunch, it closes all the finder windows, but they immediately reopen once finder has relaunched.

    So does anyone know if there is a way to have OSX 10.5 not automatically reopen finder windows after a restart or shutdown, that you already had open before you restarted or shut it down. I don't understand the reasoning in it doing that.
  8. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
  9. opeepingtomo thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    Ok, ive gotten passed the day where i had 1000000000 windows opening, and im not sure if i could have command-w them because the computer was pretty much unresponsive as soon as i logged in when that happened that day, so im not sure if it would have helped.

    On the contrary, i do understand command-w, etc, but what im wondering is, is there a way to change this behavior at all. Is there a way to change some kind of setting or something in OSX, to have OSX not reopen finder windows after restart or shutdown/reboot.

    Current Scenario: (if x > 0)
    x# of Finder windows open in OSX, restart or shutdown/turn on computer, boots up, log in, x# of Finder windows reopen automatically

    Goal Scenario (if x > 0)
    x # of Finder windows open in OSX, restart or shutdown/Turn on computer, boots up, log in, 0 Finder windows reopen automatically

    Is there any way possible to do this?
  10. opeepingtomo thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
  11. Q-Dog macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2007
    I suspect your system became unresponsive as the computer tried to render all of the open windows. I've done that very same thing by mistake. You just need to walk away from the machine and let it process all of those commands. It could take some time, depending on the number of window it is opening.

    If you want to close ALL opened windows in the finder, just press the "Option" key while closing one window, and all windows will close.

    The finder will always reopen any windows that were open before a restart. I do not know of any way to turn off this behavior.
  12. opeepingtomo thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007

    Thanks, and yea when that happened i tried letting it just finish opening all of them since it was unresponsive, but before it would finish opening all of them, the screen would get all jarbled and green, looking all "matrix-ish", i guess from it running out of available memory to use, because at the time i only had 1gb of mem in the macbook.
    But man i wish there was a way to change it so they wouldnt reopen automatically, thats kind of dumb that there isnt.

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