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10.7: Quit and temporarily stop window restore Apps
if you are choosing to use the window restore feature also known as Lion's Resume feature, here's how to override this feature at the time of quitting the app.

Hold the option key while pressing Command+Q, or selecting the Quit from the application's namesake menu, and all the open windows will be discarded. In the application menu the Quit menu item will change to Quit and Discard Windows.

I was reading the hint about the Library in the Go menu, when I got curious to see what other menus change when holding down the Option key, and this is what I found.

[crarko adds: This is a handy one to know.]
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10.7: Quit and temporarily stop window restore
Authored by: PetrMB on Jul 26, '11 08:28:57AM

I tried this hint on my Lion but after pressing the option key in my menu appears "Quit and Keep Windows".



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10.7: Quit and temporarily stop window restore
Authored by: PetrMB on Jul 26, '11 08:37:20AM

Well I have found it. If you have checked "Restore windows when quitting.." it works in opposite way



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10.7: Quit and temporarily stop window restore
Authored by: richie on Jul 26, '11 01:44:00PM

I have the function disabled (in Sys Prefs>General). So pressing the Alt-key changes the Quit option to "Quit and Keep Windows" - good for the few times I might want to keep the windows! Thanks for the hint.



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10.7: Quit and temporarily stop window restore
Authored by: xplora on Jul 26, '11 02:48:36PM

kewl, that is also nice to know.



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10.7: Quit and temporarily stop window restore
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jul 28, '11 06:16:03AM

You can also keep previous windows from opening by holding down the shift key when you launch the app. This seems particularly useful because many times you might not realize that you don't want previous windows opening until you re-launch the app.



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10.7: Quit and temporarily stop window restore
Authored by: sjw70 on Feb 22, '12 02:27:38AM

I was stuck with Libre Office showing me the 'Restore Windows' dialogue but whether I pressed yes or no, it would just not launch. Through trial and error I realised that if you press 'Shift' while launching an application (I tried from Launchpad and Sidebar) it skips the Restore - works for Keynote as well, so presume it will for all Mac apps...



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