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Preview: problem controlling which images appear
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Sep 29, 2011, 07:43 AM
I am just not getting familiar with the changes Lion has instituted with various native programs, and I am having some difficulty with Preview. I have been using all of the previous versions of Preview up to and including Leopard. And I was always able to control which photos opened up on my screen. However in Lion, when I select a specific folder with photos and open any or all photos in that folder, ALL or nearly ALL of my other photos start to appear on screen. This is an unforgivable feature of Preview that I have not been able to resolve.

As an example, I have opened various folders and selected different photos from each to review. However, when I close out of the application and open it again, all of the photos that I previously selected come into view on my screen. Now this has led to a terribly embarrassing situation with my aunt. I visited my relatives recently and took a lot of photos and downloaded them onto my desktop in separate folders. So, when I opened the folders to show my aunt the photos, all of the previous photos also appeared, including some very private photos of my girlfriend which I had been reviewing the previous day. To say the least, my aunt was upset. There was nothing pornographic about the photos, but still my aunt is very conservative and I had no way to defuse the situation, except cursing to myself to find out why the f**k apple put this feature in, and why i cannot remove it in the Preview preferences. Any and all suggestions will be much appreciated.

I should mention that I am now in the Philippines and cannot easily call Apple tech support, so I am hoping someone here can help me. Thanks
( Last edited by Ron K; Sep 29, 2011 at 07:45 AM. Reason: left out information)
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Sep 29, 2011, 08:15 AM
It sounds like you're running afoul of Lion's Resume function.

Here are a couple of posts explaining how to stop Lion from doing this on a per-app basis. (That last one is about Safari, but can be applied to Preview).

Or, you can stop Lion doing this everywhere by deselecting the Restore... checkbox in System Preferences > General.
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Sep 29, 2011, 10:39 AM
Thank you very much. I did not know what the Restore checked box did, so now, thanks to you, I have been able to prevent Preview from opening files from pervious sessions. I also learned that if I want to quit Preview, I should hit the quit button on the upper left, before I do a total quit of the program. So, when I reopen the program again, it only shows the new items I am selecting in the moment. So, that is another work around. But you gave me the hint when you said that the problem was with Restore function, which means that it will restore any files left open from the previous session. Thank you again.
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