On Lion, if I quit Safari using ⌘ Command+Q and then restart it, it reopens all tabs from last time.

In Preferences, I have set that new Windows open with an Empty Page, a setting that worked fine in Snow Leopard.

Is there a way to disable that nonsense? I can't seem to find a setting for this :(

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This is a new feature in Mac OS X Lion. See here (Resume).

You can disable this in System Preferences > General and untick the "Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps, but will be system wide.

Another solution is to hold ⌥ Option+⌘ Command+Q when quitting, the app will then not save the state.

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    The setting in can be overridden for individual apps with something like defaults write com.apple.Safari NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false.
    – Lri
    Nov 1, 2011 at 13:19

In case you didn't have the foresight to shut down with a special command, you can always hold down Shift when starting Safari (or any other Resume-able app) to prevent it from restoring the previous state.


In addition to the great ⌥ Option+⌘ Command+Q tip, another way to think about it: If you always close all your tabs (⌘ Command+W) before you quit, there won't be any state to save. Then when you restart Safari, you'll get your preference of a blank page, home page, etc.


Note that as per this other answer to a similar question, is is actually possible to disable resume on a per-app basis, forcing Safari to start with a new window and as such take your 'empty page' preference into account.

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