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By error, I had opened Photo Affinity (Mac) with a large number of big photos, which resulted in PA using > 10 GB of memory --> heavy paging. As no regular usage of the machine was possible anymore, I shot it down and started PA again. And again it had all the files open --> same procedure.

How can I start with a "clean" PA, with no pictures loaded in the background?

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If you hold down *Ctrl when you double click on Affinity you have the option to reset all sorts of stuff. 

 

I'm not sure what option will do it though. 

 

There is something called "Don't Restore Window and Documents", which sounds like a likely candidate.

 

Usual disclaimers apply if it all goes horribly wrong  ;)

 

*Edited to show "Ctrl" for Mac and PC

Windows PCs. Photo and Designer, latest non-beta versions.

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If you hold down Ctrl (Cmd on a Mac) when you double click on Affinity you have the option to reset all sorts of stuff. 

 

There's list with brief descriptions of the options in Leigh's post here.

 

I'm not sure what option will do it though. 

 

There is something called "Don't Restore Window and Documents", which sounds like a likely candidate.

 

That one gets my vote!

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That one gets my vote!

Mine too. It should look like this:

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On a Mac, you hold down the Control (not Command) key to get this window. If you are trying this by starting the app from its Dock icon, holding down the Control key will pop up the Dock menu instead of starting it directly into the Clear Data window, but you can then chose "Open" from the popup menu while still holding down the Control key to get the window.

 

EDIT: I just noticed in the window there is a "Reset Assets" checkbox even though (as far as I know) Assets is an Affinity Designer only feature. I am not sure why. There is in the Mac version of Affinity Photo an "assets.propcol" file, which I suppose this option resets to factory defaults, but since there is no way to change it from within Affinity Photo, I guess it is a "just in case" option if something else changes it & that somehow causes problems with the app.

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All 3 1.10.8, & all 3 V2.5.2 Mac apps; 2020 iMac 27"; 3.8GHz i7, Radeon Pro 5700, 32GB RAM; macOS 10.15.7
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1.10.8; Affinity Designer 1.108; & all 3 V2 apps for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iPadOS 15.7

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