How to Escape Lion’s Infinite Loop

Posted by on August 3, 2011

Among the new features of Lion is the ability to “Resume” apps, so that everything is as you left it when you last  left off. This, combined with the “Versions” change-tracking and auto-saving of files themselves, can help you get back up to speed quickly should you run into a hiccup while working on your screenplay.

Sometimes, though, one can get tangled up in the safety nets that Apple has so thoughtfully provides us. If you find yourself locked out of your app, in a never-ending cycle of crash, followed by re-open, followed by immediate crash, it may be time for drastic measures. Spotted among the macintouch.com Special Reports on Lion, there is a method for escaping this madness:

• Select “Go to Folder…” from the “Go” menu in the Finder. In the box that appears, type or paste:
~/Library/Saved Application State
and hit return.
This will open the (nowadays) hidden folder where Lion keeps its most recent snapshots of what your apps were up to when you last saw them.

• You will notice that there are a lot of folders with names like com.apple.AddressBook.savedState. Find the one corresponding to your troublesome App, and drag it out of the “Saved Application State” folder – to the Desktop or the Trash, if you like.

The next time you open the app, you should find that, while your windows may not be as you left them, at least you’re now able to open them and close them as you please, once again.

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