bright dot under dock icon

Discussion in 'iMac' started by techhead42, May 14, 2011.

  1. techhead42 macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2010
    Why does the light under a dock icon indicating it is in use remain on after closing?
    If I open iMovie it lights up, when I close it, it goes off. However in Finder, Mail and Safari it remains on even after closing. Is this normal?
  2. octatonic macrumors regular


    Mar 23, 2010
    Sounds like you are closing a window, not closing the application.

    Command Q quits the application.
  3. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    ^Exactly. That's how OS X works. It's sort of like minimising to the tray on Windows, the windows is gone, but the app is still running, and it only takes one click to get it back.

    iMovie quits when you hit close, because it's probably not something you're going to need running in the background. You're either going to be using it or you're not (in most situations). Whereas with an app like iChat, you might be doing something else (eg web browsing), but you want to stay online in iChat so people can still message you.
  4. techhead42 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2010
    Thanks very much guys. I wasn't sure if it was a bug or something. I am only in the second day of learning OS X. Slowly, slowly catchy monkey!

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