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Say if I clicked open 10 image files, and 2 PDF files, and quit Preview, then next time when I click on 1 image file or just start Preview, all those 12 other windows will open too... I was playing a clicking game to close them one by one... is there a quick way to make Preview not do that or "Close All"? (while keeping other apps to open the previous state).

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Something like RestoreMeNot or Tinker Tool can be used to selectively control which apps restore their windows and should be able to do what you want.

Alternatively, using + + W in Preview (and most other apps) will close all currently open windows.

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it does work... just wonder why OPT-CMD-w is not listed on the File menu – 太極者無極而生 Apr 22 '12 at 9:51
@動靜能量 It is, but its kind of hidden. You'll see it if you open the File menu and press the ⌥ key. The "Close Window" item changes to "Close All". This sort of thing is also the case for a lot of apps. – binarybob Apr 22 '12 at 11:19
so the OPT key is a way to show more choices... the original list is shorten so that it is not exceedingly long... good to know, but sorry can't give you more up votes as i am limited to one vote – 太極者無極而生 Apr 23 '12 at 5:32
but the way I tried CTRL and CMD or Fn, and they don't do that... just the OPT key does – 太極者無極而生 Apr 23 '12 at 5:33

As an alternative to RestoreMeNot, you can run a command like this in Terminal:

defaults write NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false

If others search for how to disable restoring state for all applications, enable this option:

I have disabled restoring state from System Preferences but enabled it just for Safari:

defaults write NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool true
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