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.


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.

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

  • 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 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

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