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When I reboot my machine, I'd like it to reopen all my programs and windows, and put them back in the same place, after restarting. how do I do this?

(I'm on 10.6, and use spaces)

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Please let ReLaunch developer know you'd like spaces support. Might help get it implemented... –  user588 Sep 29 '10 at 23:08
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ReLaunch does what you want. Also see a similar question on SuperUser.

The only major limitation of Relaunch is it does not (yet) support Spaces (virtual desktops).

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You can start as many application at startup by adding them to your Account Prefs :

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For the windows... I don't think there is an easy way to do it. But if it's some documents, you can added them the same way.

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I started an Applescript to start up the applications that make the core of my day, though I need to add in more functionality like opening specific URLs and folders (though it wouldn't be hard, I just haven't had the time).

tell application "Firefox"
    activate
end tell

tell application "Versions"
    activate
end tell

tell application "NetNewsWire"
    activate
end tell

I saved it as an application, named it "AM" and it sits on the far left of my Dock. I come into my office in morning, wake up my Mac, and click the icon.

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You can use Login Items in the Accounts section of System Preferences to do this. –  Henry Sep 30 '10 at 2:40
    
Yes, but I don't shut down my Mac except for a weekly reboot on Monday mornings. –  Philip Regan Sep 30 '10 at 11:22
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