Close a program on clicking red cross

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by GuillaumeB, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. GuillaumeB macrumors 6502


    Jul 4, 2007
    Just behind you
    is there a tweak or a third party add-on that would change the behavior of the redcross. i would like the running software on Mac OS X to completely shut down when i click on the red circle of the top bar ?

    Ben on Mac OS X for a year and a half but can get used to that behavior
  2. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030


    Apr 19, 2008
    Pandora, Home Tree
    Not that there isn't one, but I haven't heard of it. Best to close app all the way click on its name in the bar, and click exit.

    The only thing the red X or red dot closes completely, is Systems Preferences

    Edit - There is always the option of with the program open, click Command Q and it will close the fore front program. I tend to use this method more than anything else.
  3. bmcgonag macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2007
    I agree.

    The Command+Q key combo is probably the easiest and quickest way to completely shutdown an app.

    I use Command+tab to see all my open apps, then holding down the command key and repeatedly hitting the tab key I can move to the apps I want to completely quit out of and then while still holding the command key i hit the 'Q' key to quit that app.


  4. feuerschlange macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2008
    The Mac behaviour drove me nuts too after coming from WinXP!

    After I learned the most importand Mac shortcuts, this is not an issue anymore (I am a shortcut guy anyway and prefer a direct access to a function by using a globally assigned shortcut).

    I use command + Q and command + W alot!

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