OS X Lion: Disabling Resume, One Program at a Time

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So let’s say that you’re working on a bunch of documents. Because your machine is running Lion, you realize that all of those files will come back to life like Frankenstein’s monster the next time you open that program if you don’t close things before you quit. You sigh and resign yourself to closing every single open document, and then you go off and write terrible poetry filled with sad-face emoticons. Luckily, though, you can selectively tell programs not to open existing windows when you restart them, so all is right with the world (and you can put aside the poetry-writing for another day, thank goodness). Here’s how to override Lion’s sometimes-pesky Resume feature as you see fit.

As I’m sure you all know, the keyboard shortcut for quitting a program is Command-Q; however, if you instead use Option-Command-Q, the application you’re in will actually discard all of the open windows you have and won’t reopen them the next time you start the program. You can see evidence of this by holding down the Option key as you click on the program’s name in the menu bar.

See how “Quit TextEdit” has changed to “Quit and Discard Windows”? I love that more than I love ice cream. OK, almost as much.

Here’s the kicker, though—this is all dependent on how you have a certain checkbox in System Preferences > General set. If you look there, you’ll notice a box labeled “Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps.”

If that’s turned on, the tip above will work as written. If it’s off, then your windows aren’t restored by default anyway, so the choice you’ll get when you use the Option-Command-Q shortcut in a program will be “Quit and Keep Windows” instead.

So you always have the ability to make a program behave in the opposite manner to what your machine has as its default. I much prefer having Resume off and then choosing to keep windows open in applications as I need to.

Remember, though, that this shortcut only applies to documents you’ve already saved. No matter how System Preferences is configured or how many times you mash Option, if you haven’t saved a file, it’ll keep opening until the cows come home. And since I don’t have any cows, that’ll be a very long time. 

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11 Comments Leave Your Own

furbies

Moo!

ilikeimac

Moof!

furbies

Moof!

DogCow Lives!

Lee Dronick

Did Apple hire a designer away from FaceBook to work on this feature?

Melissa Holt

furbies and ilikeimac, you guys are very weird. Don’t ever change. smile

Sir Harry, the whole Resume thing seems kind of kludge-y as a whole, doesn’t it?

Lee Dronick

Sir Harry, the whole Resume thing seems kind of kludge-y as a whole, doesn?t it?

Yes, half baked.

Hey, I found another Mail trick. Maybe it existed before Lion, but I recently found it in the lair.

When composing a new message the cursor starts in the To: line. When finished entering the address, or addresses, you can press Tab to move on to the next field. I found that you can also press Return. However, I have long since been using Tab because I have been conditioned that a Return starts a new line, but in a form Tab takes you to the next field. But wait, there is more!

When you are in the Subject line if you press Tab it takes you to the Customize menu, then to From and then to Signature. But if you press Return while in the Subject field it takes you right to the message body. This saves several steps.

B0wz3r

Has anyone come up with a way to re-enable “Save As”? 

I won’t upgrade to Lion or buy a new machine with it installed until there’s a way to do this.

Lee Dronick

Has anyone come up with a way to re-enable ?Save As???

Well sort of, if you don’t mind an extra step:

1. File -> Duplicate

This opens a duplicate of the original file

2. File -> Save or Close

At that point you will be prompted to give the file a new name

Apple, you need to put this back in the oven for another 20 minutes.

Melissa Holt

When you are in the Subject line if you press Tab it takes you to the Customize menu, then to From and then to Signature. But if you press Return while in the Subject field it takes you right to the message body. This saves several steps.

I was wondering why this wasn’t working for me (when I hit Tab, the cursor moves right from “Subject” to the body of the e-mail). And then I figured it out. In System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts, if you have Full Keyboard Access set to “All Controls,” it’ll behave as you described. So if you’d care to, you could toggle that back to “Text boxes and lists only,” and you then can press Tab to your heart’s content. smile

It’s good to know, though, that you can apparently avoid that behavior altogether with Return!

Lee Dronick

I was wondering why this wasn?t working for me (when I hit Tab, the cursor moves right from ?Subject? to the body of the e-mail). And then I figured it out. In System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts, if you have Full Keyboard Access set to ?All Controls,? it?ll behave as you described. So if you?d care to, you could toggle that back to ?Text boxes and lists only,? and you then can press Tab to your heart?s content.

Yes! I did put it back to All Controls because at times want to send a message from a different account and it lets me select a signature. Lately I am using the mouse less and the keyboard more.

When tabbing to a list, say the From drop down menu in mail, if you hit the down arrow it opens the list. Then you can down arrow to the item you want.

Melissa Holt

Yes! I did put it back to All Controls because at times want to send a message from a different account and it lets me select a signature. Lately I am using the mouse less and the keyboard more.

I had it on “All Controls” for a long time, but I got really frustrated with hitting Tab extra times. wink

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