Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Whenever I boot up from a forced shutdown (aka holding down the power button), OSX restores all the programs I had open before the forced shutdown. Is there a way to disable this? If my computer turns off for whatever reason, I want it to boot up fresh.

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 2 down vote accepted

Log out once and uncheck the Reopen windows when logging back in toggle.

It should stick and cover you next time you have to crash land your mac. Do be sure to check this setting in the General preference.

enter image description here

Lastly, some more tacky per-app solutions are running around like locking the folders where state is saved. OS X Lion: App-Specific Resume

share|improve this answer
    
NO, that is NOT a solution! That only regulates regular restart. Kernel panic does not honor that checkbox. –  user27206 Aug 10 '12 at 19:37
    
If by "more tacky" you mean "more robust in the face of crashes" then yes, that works :-) –  Daniel Lawson Aug 10 '12 at 19:40
    
@mee I would say a kernel panic is different than a forced shutdown, but perhaps that's my training and the OP is really looking for a solution when the OS misbehaves so badly that the OS pulls the plug and doesn't even shut down. You could ask a similar question if you are looking for a derivative of what the asker here has accepted as an answer to their problem. –  bmike Aug 11 '12 at 4:16

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.