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How to reset Xfce session?

When I start Xfce4, it always opens 2 windows of Evince, Emacs and one terminal emulator. I remember I used this configuration once a week ago, but now it starts every time after logging in. How can I make Xfce4 start cleanly with no applications?

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This question is answered in Xfce wiki, subsection Some of my applications are always started when I login:

There are two possible reasons why the application is started: It is saved in the last session or it is listed in the auto started applications. Follow 1 of the two steps below to get rid of the applications.

  • Start the xfce4-autostart-editor and remove the application(s). You can also manually delete those files in ~/Desktop/Autostart and ~/.config/autostart.

  • Most of the time closing all the applications and save your session when you logout is sufficient. If this doesn't work, remove the content of the ~/.cache/sessions/ directory when you're not logged in. And if you don't want xfce remember every session you should turn off (uncheck) “Automatically save session on logout” in Settings Manager → Sessions and Startup (tab General)

I did rm ~/.cache/sessions/* and now Xfce starts cleanly.

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You meant rm -rf ... right. – d_rail Jul 15 '14 at 23:36

Using the GUI seems to work as it should, at least in my version of Xfce (4.10).

In Xfce Menu go to 'Session and Startup'

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And there, under Sesion/'Clear saved sessions':

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