Control What Apps Restore Windows in OS X Lion with RestoreMeNot

Sep 27, 2011 - 7 Comments

RestoreMeNot controls specific apps to restore or not in OS X Lion

OS X Lion’s Restore function is what causes app windows to re-open after you’ve relaunched an app, and people seem to either love it or hate it. Sure you can turn it off completely, but that’s a bit overkill if you only don’t want certain apps to restore their windows, and still want resume to work in others.

That is exactly what RestoreMeNot allows you to do; control which apps use window restore, and which don’t. This is easily done through RestoreMeNot’s preference panel list, where anything added to it will disable the feature when you relaunch the app.

Download RestoreMeNot now (direct link) or visit the dev site

Apps like this are probably the best solution to use if you’re not comfortable with using defaults write commands to disable Resume on a per application basis, and you don’t want to disable the feature completely via System Preferences.

Quick note: If you get a message telling you to launch an app first, that’s because it relies on the saved state folders existing. This is much in the same way of manually blocking restore works when you lock down the individual saved state directories, but of course if they don’t exist, they can’t be locked.

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  1. Mike says:

    Works like a charm, no more having to close numerous excel docs to get to the one I was opening!

  2. […] Control What Apps Restore Windows in OS X Lion with RestoreMeNot. […]

  3. Hugo says:

    I was expecting the same thing. This only prevents saved states from being restored, it doesn’t block the program at startup. What I’m looking for is an application that prevents programs from launching after a shut down.

    Word for instance is terrible because it will always open on the “new document” page, which is completely pointless. No, I don’t write a new document each time I start my computer !

  4. James Ludtke says:

    I installed RestoreMeNot. It did no do what I (wrongly) expected it to do.

    I was looking for an option to set selected programmes not to launch at when booting after a shut down.

    I wrote an AppleScript to run before shutdown to quit all programmes, which I do not regularly use. I have not been able to run properly (so far).

  5. Alberto says:

    It will be better if by default none app will have restore, and RestoreMeNot was RestoreMeā€¦

  6. Jonathan says:

    I’ll go ahead and ask the obvious question: Why doesn’t Apple include such a preference pane themselves? That would be nice, wouldn’t it?

  7. icebreaker says:

    Great program, added iWork and Microsoft Office 2011 to not restore because it is really annoying for those programs.

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