applications to close completly by pressing the 'x'?

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  1. j2048b macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    I have a buddie who has an iMac and if he closes a program by pressing the red 'x' in the upper left corner

    it closes the app completly,

    i have to close the app then go to the finder bar and press on the name of the open app and go down to quit in order for it to quit completly,

    how do you set it up to close completly by pressing the 'x'?

    (example: if firefox is open, i hit the red 'x' and the program closes, but in the finder bar on top of the screen, it shows the name still and in the dock bar it shows a little white speck under the app and it is not closed completly,


    how do i just hit the red x and have it completly close?

    what setting do i change?

    thanks
     
  2. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000

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    I don't know of any way of doing this...only some apps can do this (eg system preferences,iPhoto)
     
  3. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    As I understand it, it's apps that can only have one window open that behave this way - although I might be wrong.

    I like that the OS keeps a program running when the last window is closed.
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    #4
    That's right.

    This has been discussed to death, recently even. Please search.
     
  5. dsnort macrumors 68000

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    Alternately, keyboard shortcut CMD+Q closes current app. Learn to use this and you'll find it's both simpler and quicker than trying to center up on some little icon.
     
  6. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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    Like a previous poster said, that is correct.
    Your buddy must've been quiting an app that can only be ran in one window, so closing the window closes the whole app.
    Yeah. These keyboard shortcuts are very useful.
    CMD=:apple:
    So basically, :apple:+Q quits the entire application, while :apple:+W only quits the window you are in.
    Hope that helped!
     
  7. j2048b thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks everyone!!

    i will try the suggested keyboard shortcuts!!
     

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