RestoreMeNot
RestoreMeNot
2.0.5

4.5

RestoreMeNot free download for Mac

RestoreMeNot

2.0.5
02 October 2018

Disable window restoration for individual applications.

Overview

RestoreMeNot provides a simple way to disable the window restoration for individual applications so that you can fine-tune this behavior 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. 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.

What's new in RestoreMeNot

Version 2.0.5:
  • Ready for macOS 10.14 Mojave

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Acuraice
25 September 2011

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how bout a script to permanently disable the annoying popup requesting if you would like to restore windows upon a shutdown!!! so friggin annoying!
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Version 1.0b4
Paganel
02 October 2018
thank you for very useful application
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Version 2.0.5
Priosantos-Jan
13 September 2014
Does not work with Yosmite DP
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Version 2.0
Gary30
09 August 2014
Methinks this is a dead one. Only suggestion is a setting I found in MacPilot to disable restoration of any open windows upon restarting the Finder. I have a feeling there is a way of doing this with the command line, but that is beyond my level of expertise.
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Version 1.0.1
1 answer(s)
Gary30
Gary30
28 September 2014
Being unable to delete or edit posts, I end up talking to myself here. Oh well. Nothing new... This used to be a Preference Panel as I recall and returns as an app. I use it to keep apps I repeatedly forget to close before restarts under control, and it works fine. This version offers up some exceptions that seem new, but that may be due to limitations in new API's. For example, I can include Safari and Chrome but not Firefox. Google Earth cannot be included because the app surmises that it has no Dock icon (it does). So--a little rough around the edges but for a buck who can complain? It does 90% of what the old version did and it is nice to see the developer is keeping it going.
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Tekl
12 June 2014
Link is down
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Version 1.0.1
Wayne-Welsh
26 March 2013
I've really appreciated this little app BUT with this update I get this error message: "Could not load RestoreMeNot preference pane." I've removed the older RMN pref pane and installed the new one several times. I fixed my prefs, restarted the computer, etc. to no avail. I hope there is a way I can get this functionality back. I'm using a mid 2009 MacBook Pro with 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and OS 10.8.3. Thanks!
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Version 1.0.1
Christa-1980
24 March 2013
Awesome and free. What do you need more. :) Very useful when you have kids trying to mess with your Mac (Trust me .. I know what I am talking about)
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Version 1.0.1
Nick-Collingridge
23 March 2013
@ HackDefender: I don't think this works when your Mac crashes. I know this rarely happens, but on the odd occasion when it has I have found that any applications not included in my RestoreMeNot list re-open when the Mac restarts.
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Version 1.0.1
Nick-Collingridge
20 March 2013
Very useful utility, but developer's website seems to be down and download link does not work at present.
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Version 1.0b10
3 answer(s)
HackDefendr
HackDefendr
23 March 2013
I fail to see how this is a useful utility. How hard is it to just disable this feature in System Settings? Are people just that lazy that they need an app to do everything....or is it stupidity?
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Khadrelt
Khadrelt
23 March 2013
This lets you set window restoration preferences for INDIVIDUAL applications. The system preference for it will make ALL applications one way or the other. This tool is handy if you want some applications to restore windows, and others not to.
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Nick-Collingridge
Nick-Collingridge
23 March 2013
@ HackDefender: I don't think this works when your Mac crashes. I know this rarely happens, but on the odd occasion when it has I have found that any applications not included in my RestoreMeNot list re-open when the Mac restarts.
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Xenos
23 October 2012
all 4 apps added to the list of RestoreMeNot prior to restarting are reopened all the same - obviously i'm doing something wrong iMac 2009, OS X 10.8.2
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Version 1.0b10
Bvila
12 June 2012
This is a cool app, but I've found a bug I can't squash. I added Excel to the list of apps to disable, but then I deleted it because I want Excel to restore the windows. Unfortunately, none of my open windows will restore. I uninstalled the pref pane, deleted the preference files for RestoreMeNot, turned off and on the system option to Restore windows, but Excel still won't restore open windows. There's got to be a file or setting somewhere that I'm missing. Before I add any more apps to the list not to restore, I want to be sure that deleting them will restore their behavior back to normal. Any ideas?
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Version 1.0b10
2 answer(s)
Bvila
Bvila
05 September 2012
Anyone?! No one?! Someone?! The developer!?
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Bvila
Bvila
29 January 2014
After over a year of frustration of not being able to get Excel restored to opening previous windows, after installing this app, I finally found a solution. If anyone else installs this and has the same problem, go into your user Library, do a search for Excel and remove com.microsoft.Excel.savedState and com.microsoft.Excel.prefs.plist (if you have it). I also removed some com.microsoft.Excel error reporting plist files, but I don't think they had anything to do with the problem. I wish the developer had responded, but I'm happy to say I finally solved this annoyance. I'm reluctant to use this app in the future.
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