Closing apps in OS X

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by winty03, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. winty03 macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    I am a switcher and new to OS X, what I have been noticing was when I close a app window (using the red "circle") in the app it closes the window. But seems to keep the application active in the background. I then go click the app again and do a command q. Is there a quicker/right way to close the app without having it a 2 step process (closing the window/then doing a cmd q)?
  2. LeahM macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2008
    just do command q and don't press the circle. theres no need to press the circle
  3. karenflower macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2007
    As LeahM said, you can simply press Command-Q without closing the window first. Alternatively, you can click on the application name in the menubar, and click Quit.
  4. winty03 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    Ok thanks guys, I guess just a windows habit of closing it using the red circle. What is the benifit and or why does it keep the app active when you clikc the red circle? I would think when someone goes to close the window they mean to close the app too?
  5. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    press Command+Tab to change application, then
    press Command+Q to quit the application.

    Nah, for some people it's more convent to leave the application running and just close the existing document. Say for example you need to open and edit multiple documents... On a windows system, this is one feature i wish for. Anyway, have fun! Perhaps eventually you'll wonder how you've managed?
  6. andrewdale macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2008
    Memphis, TN
    If you want to keep the application running so that it doesn't take that 2 seconds longer to open when you need it, you can use Command-W to close the window.

    For your tabbed browser:

    Command-W : closes current tab
    Command-Shift-W : closes current window
    Command-Q : quits the application

    I find these incredibly useful while using Camino/Firefox.
  7. LeahM macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2008
    I love it, when I'm listening to music, I don't like all the windows getting in the way so I just close the window but I still have my music in the background. Or if I'm downloading it works great.

    I'm a recent switcher too and had to get used to it, but you'll get the hang of it soon enough
  8. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    A few applications (such as iPhoto) quit when you close the application's window. The rule is (or at least should be in most cases), if the application has only one window, closing that window should quit the application. The reason the Mac is different than Windows in this way is due to the Finder, which has no equivalent in Windows. In Windows, the application has to be terminated when all of its associated windows are closed, because the application menus are on the window. All of which is probably more than you wanted to know!

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