Can I disable windows in Safari?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by moveright, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. moveright macrumors member

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    Just wondering if this is possible. The reason is because I always end up with about 20 windows open somehow and the only way I can close them is to choose close all windows.

    I'd love it if it could only be tabs. That way, when I close Safari, I CLOSE Safari. Make sense?

    To be honest, it burns me up that that I can't just click the 'x' and close the program. That is, the ONE thing I appreciate about Windows. And believe me, its the only one thing.
     
  2. Nermal Moderator

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    Command-Q will quit the app regardless of the number of windows.

    I think there's a preference to open tabs instead of windows, but I'm not on my Mac at the moment so can't check where it is.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    How does clicking on the red x not close the window?
     
  4. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    In Safari Preferences you can choose to never open pages in tabs instead of windows and you can also make other adjustments. You can also choose to use just tabs instead of windows, I think.
     
  5. Bear macrumors G3

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    Some good key combinations to know:
    • Command-W closes the active window.
    • Command-Option-W Closes all windows in the selected application
    • Command-Q quits an application.
    It sounds like you need to change preferences, so in Safari->Preferences->Tabs:
    • "Open pages in tabs instead of windows" should be set to "Automatically" or "Always"
    • "Command-click opens a link in a new tab" should be checked.
     
  6. moveright thread starter macrumors member

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    NAILED IT! I found the option. thanks SO much! no clue why I didn't see that before.
     
  7. N0k14 D14B10 macrumors newbie

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    idea!

    go to the prefrences (CMD-,) and select tabs, then have new "windows" open in new tabs hope it helps!:D
     
  8. moveright thread starter macrumors member

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    Appreciate the fast responses!

    Oh, and the red x, it closes that window but not the app. Coming from windows , AND linux (I've got half a dozen machines), the x always means "I'm done".
     
  9. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    OS X is a document-based OS, not an application-based OS like Windows, so the close button only closes the current document (unless closing the window leaves no functionality left, as in iPhoto).
     

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