Why does Preview open up all past files opened?

I am new to Mac and use Mountain Lion.  I am bothered by what I hope is a preference, not set properly.  When I double-click  a screen shot on my desktop, Preview opens but it also opens for all other files I recently opened with Preview.

What gives?

TextEdit and even Excel do the same thing.

I open the file I want to see, not the one I already looked at.

I notice that when I explicitly close the files, they will not open automatically.  I want this to stop.

How do I do this?

Thanks.
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAsked:
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strungCommented:
Pull down the Apple Menu to System Preferences. Choose the General Preferences and click the box to close all windows when you close the application.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks. That did the trick.
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