Restoring windows in Apple Lion

The latest Mac operating system (Lion) has a new feature that will either help or annoy you. Every time you open an application it automatically opens any window or document you had open the last time. This also happens when you restart your Mac, any application you had open will automatically start up again.

If you find this obnoxious (like I do), there is an easy global fix:

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click on General
  3. At the bottom of the “Number of recent items” list, uncheck the “restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps”

If you hold down the option key while quitting an application, the system makes a note to do the opposite of whatever your general settings say when you start that application again.