Chrome and Safari on Mac Lion does not open last open pages

Posted on 2011-10-27
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I have noticed recently that Safari and Chrome on Mac Lion will not open the pages that were open last when the browser is closed from the red X at the top of the browser window.

However, if the dock icon is used to quit the browser, it does open the pages that were open last.

Is this a feature or a bug?

To me it is a bug, as the behavior should be consistent. I do not have the habit of thinking about the two ways of closing to cause different behavior later. And even if this action is a feature, it seems backwards -- the dock icon seems a "more complete quit", but the window red X less complete.

Insight please!
Question by:jasimon9
    LVL 9

    Assisted Solution

    I always use Command+Q to quit the browser, and when I re-open it, it opens all my tabs correctly.


    Author Comment

    Yes, I believe Command-Q would be similar to the dock icon quit, not the red-x quit.
    LVL 82

    Assisted Solution

    by:Dave Baldwin
    You could go into options and select "Reopen the pages that were open last" in Chrome or in Safari "Safari opens with: All windows from last session".

    Author Comment

    That is the present setting for Chrome. That's why I was confused by the behavior which does not do this.

    I changed the Safari setting as suggested. That works for Dock Icon and Ctrl-Q; but the red-x seems to mean "start with no pages from before." To me this is very strange, and seems a design bug. What is the intent of have a prominent red X that means "behave differently?"

    Is this new behavior for the red X? Or was it this way in Snow Leopard too?

    To me, if you have a setting such as "all windows from last session", it should just work, and not depend on how the app was quit.

    - dock icon: obey setting
    - Ctrl-Q: obey setting
    - red X: disregard setting

    I am of a mind to report this as a bug, unless someone has a good explanation.
    LVL 7

    Accepted Solution

    This is apparently an issue others have experienced and it can be considered a "feature".  Read more here:

    It also walks you through various solutions you may want to try.

    Author Comment

    Most of the conversation deals with Safari. I don't use Safari much. Mostly to check compatibility of my web site.


    Author Closing Comment

    Seems like a bug to me, so I have given feedback to Apple. However, points for the contributions to the partial answer.

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