For some reason Finder always restores all my previously open tabs even after I've restarted the system. This is unnecessary for me and in just several days my Finder is really clustered up and I had to close the tabs one by one. There must be a setting to disable such behavior?

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You have the option at Shutdown or Restart for whether or not to reopen windows...
though it does include whether to reopen Apps, too

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If you want only the Finder to not save its state, try this in Terminal

defaults write com.apple.finder ApplePersistenceIgnoreState YES

You can revert the setting using NO instead of YES

  • That's not what I mean. I don't click this option and Finder doesn't automatically reopen upon restart. However, whenever I manually open Finder again, it immediately displays all the tabs that were previously on in the last session.
    – xji
    Commented Oct 10, 2015 at 9:28
  • Why are you closing/quitting Finder anyway? If you restart it, it will normally use its previously saved state, from /Library/Saved Application State/com.apple.finder.savedState Adding a terminal command to my answer,to prevent Resume, but I'm not sure if it works for Finder, you'll have to test it
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Oct 10, 2015 at 9:35

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