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Reopen running applications when you start up

Sometimes you have to quit what you are doing on the computer and go an do something else that is urgent or necessary instead (maybe even going home at the end of the day!). It can be irritating having to shut down all the applications you are running when you are in the middle of something important. Wouldn't it be useful if the computer could remember the programs are that are running and automatically start them up for you the next time you turn on the PC? This is actually very easy to set up.

You probably wouldn't guess it, but setting the shut down options is actually carried out from the start up options dialog. It's wierd, but true. In Ubuntu Linux go to the System menu then Preferences, Startup applications. Select the Options tab and click Remember Currently Running Applications. That works just once and to do this every time, tick the box labelled Automatically remember running applications when logging out. Now don't quit your programs when you shut down - they will reappear when you restart Linux.

There are some things to watch out for. For example, it doesn't save your work, so save everything before you shut down and close any open files. Not all programs seem to reopen and Chrome (web browser) doesn't. Programs that do open may not automatically reload the file you were working on. Still, it's a useful feature at times.

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