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I am having an issue with my new iMac (running 10.6.8). After the computer goes to the screensaver and I come back... it has closed and/or attempted to close all the programs. The only programs left open are the ones that I had unsaved documents open in... all of those are open to the "save" "don't save" prompt. I also only have the computer set to sleep when I tell it to. I have looked around and can't find anyone else having similar issues. Any thoughts or fixes???
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Somehow your computer is trying to shut down or restart, therefore the prompts about saving; and the auto-quit of open (but idle) applications.

Are you experiencing significant power fluctuations, or some other interruption to a consistent power supply to your iMac?

Take a look at your Energy Saver prefs (System Prefs), but there doesn't appear to be anything there that would instigate a shut down or restart.

Yours is an interesting and challenging issue, so here's hoping others will come aboard with ideas.

Please post your Mac (or other) specs and MacOS version in your post, your profile or your signature. It helps us to help you better.

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I was having a similar issue (I thought) and discovered that it was actually not related to the Screensaver or Energy Saver but instead had to do with the SECURITY preferences.

Under System Preferences->Security You can check (or uncheck) the box that says "Log out after x minutes of inactivity." If checked, the mac will shut down apps (if it can) and then log out (after x minutes). In my case, the logout time under Security and the time to start the Screen Saver were the same time (10 minutes) so I thought the screensaver or energy saver was shutting down my apps.

I hope this solution helps!

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I really appreciate your post, so much so that I registered on the site so I could thank you. I never would have figured out that the security settings were related to my apps quitting overnight. Thank you!
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@DocJohnTX: You are very welcome. I'm so glad it helped - this was driving me crazy and I just knew I couldn't be the only one! Have a good one.
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