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Managing Auto Open and Save Features

Sierra offers some unique features that save you time when you boot your system after some downtime, start an application you use frequently, or even just save files. Although these can be useful, they can also be disconcerting to users who expect more conventional behavior—such as explicitly choosing when to open applications and save files.

Toggle Application Auto Open

By default, applications and windows open at login exactly as you had them when you shut down your computer. This is a nifty feature, but it also means you might have software starting at boot that you didn’t intend. You can toggle this feature on and off by following these steps:

  1. Choose Log Out from the Apple menu.

  2. Uncheck Reopen Windows When Logging Back In to disable automatic application startup, or check the box to re-enable it.

  3. Click Log Out or Cancel. Your preference will be maintained regardless of your choice.

Set Window Restoration

In addition to restoring applications, Sierra can restore the open files and windows that you were using when you quit an application. By default, this feature is turned off, but you can easily toggle it on.

  1. Open the System Preferences application and click the General icon.

  2. Uncheck Close Windows When Quitting an App. This causes your applications to save their current state when they quit. Check the box to disable the behavior.

  3. Close the System Preferences.

Enable Manual File Saving

When you start working in Sierra, you notice something “missing” when you work with files: Frequently, you aren’t asked to save them when you close them. Sierra automatically saves your files, even if you prefer that it didn’t. To change this, complete these steps:

  1. Open the System Preferences application and click the General icon.

  2. Check Ask to Keep Changes When Closing Documents.

  3. Close the System Preferences.

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