I just got my new computer with system 10.7.2 and this is really bugging me. I like having a few Finder windows always open. When I shut down and then start up my computer the next day, all the windows I had opened in the Finder are closed save one. It always just has a single Finder window open. If I have 5 windows open when I shut down, I want all 5 of them open the next day. How do I make this happen? I can't stress this enough. The windows won't stay opened on restart.

In the general preferences I have the "Restore windows when quitting..." button checked. When I shut down, the "Reopen windows when logging back in" button always remains checked. I can find no other mention anywhere regarding windows maintenance and it's driving me nuts! This should be a no-brainer but I can't find any way of correcting this situation. It seems everywhere I look on-line, people are having the exact opposite problem.

  • I think this is a bug that needs to be fixed. I've even tried to delete the Finder preferences files and nothing changed. The Finder spaces options also doesn't stick.
    – ismail
    Commented Feb 18, 2012 at 14:17

1 Answer 1


There might be several answers to that.

  • Your restore for finder could be corrupted somehow. Delete the ~/Library/Saved Application State/com.apple.finder.savedState and give it a try
  • Your finder app may be configured NOT to restore the windows. Try this: defaults write com.apple.finder NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool true

Does your other apps have the same behaviour? Have you tried with another username to see how it goes?


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