1. How do I auto reopen folders and documents that were open before I exited textmaté?
Open TextMate preferences. Click the “Files” tab. Make sure “Open documents from last session” is checked. You probably need to make sure the system settings allow this as well. Go to System Preferences -> General. Make sure “Close windows when quitting an app” is NOT checked.
There’s also a menu for the recently opened documents: File -> Open Recent.
2. How do I display the file browser on the left?
Open TextMate preferences. Click the “Projects” tab. In the “Show file browser on” dropdown, select: “Left side”.