One of the best features of OS X is the ability to restore the windows and documents of a previously terminated application, allowing you to pick up your work where you left off.
Unfortunately this feature can only be disabled system-wide and not on a per-application basis.

This is where RestoreMeNot comes in and provides a simple way to disable the window restoration for individual applications so that you can fine-tune this behaviour to suit your needs.

Please note that RestoreMeNot is designed to work ONLY with apps that use Apple's own restoration functionality and not those that use their own methods of restoring previous window states. There is also no guarantee that RestoreMeNot will work for every application you add to it.

Example usage scenario:

Let's say you're using Preview to open a lot of images on a daily basis and at the same time also working on an important document in Pages.
It's frustrating to always have the images re-open every time you launch Preview, but at the same time is very useful to have the same feature when working on your documents in Pages.
Disabling this functionality in System Preferences will unfortunately remove it from every application, meaning whether you keep it enabled or disabled will not be solving your initial problem.
If you would be using RestoreMeNot in this scenario you would simply be able to add Preview to its list of apps and it would block Preview from restoring previously opened files, whilst letting you continue enjoying this feature when using Pages.

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What’s New

Version 2.0.5

Support for macOS Mojave

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

TooMuchSakeMan ,

Doesn’t seem to work

Chrome restarts just like it always has. So not sure why I bought this.

Support link just goes to a web page with a couple icons and an email link.


HappyPig ,

Broken - Doesn’t setup correctly.

When I try to install the program, I get a prompt to find the ~/Library folder. When I select that folder, I get “Library folder not selected!” in red.

GaryFromOR ,

Very Helpful Little Utility

First, this app does not claim to keep applications from restarting after System restarts. It just deals with windows. So It just does one thing but it does it really well. There are some applications in which we may work on the same document or set of documents every time start it up. But for many apps, we don’t want those windows restored. That is where RestoreMeNot comes in.

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