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Where can I find the "restorecount" value macOS uses to track open windows and reset it? [Resolved]

  1. In System Preferences uncheck `General > Close windows when quitting an app
  2. Open
  3. Press Cmd+N for a New file
  4. Quit
  5. In Finder go to ~/Library/Containers/ Application State/ we'll be looking for a file here shortly
  6. Open
  7. Quickly, open the file restorecount.plist that has appeared in Finder
  8. Look at the end value

Currently, on my macOS installation, end has a value of 570214618 which, as I understand it, means that since whatever epoch — a long time ago in an operating system far, far away — there have been over 570 million "windows" opened on my Mac. The value is shared across all user accounts. 10 months ago, that number was 544 million on my system according to this old question of mine:

The effect of this is that, for some apps, there is a noticeable (4 to 5 seconds) delay whilst they do something before their restored windows appear. My workaround, see the above linked question, is to turn off window saving for those specific apps. But I'd rather not have to do that.

So, I'd like to reset the restorecount value at its source. Does anybody know where it is stored and/or how can I reset it?

Question Credit: Matt Sephton
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Asked February 11, 2019
Posted Under: Apple
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