Closing programs advise

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ledzep1, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. ledzep1 macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2016

    Ive had my iMac for around 7 months now and Ive always fully closed any program Ive used before I sleep it using the hot corners.
    My iMac is never turned off, just sleeped.

    Am I being daft by exiting fully out of programs like apple mail and safari, I even make sure I have no apps open on my iPad before I close the cover.

    Obviously speed is no issue as things open in an instant but I'm wondering if there is an advantage to just quitting programs at the red cross which leaves them open in the task bar.

  2. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    There is no point in doing anything at all before you sleep your computer - it is going to be sleeping so will use the same (small) amount of power regardless.

    Apart from sleeping, if you just close windows when you are finished with them, OS X will automatically quit many programs when and if it needs the resources.

  3. ledzep1 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2016
    Thanks, I will just use the red quit cross then or leave as is, I only tend to use the same programs anyway.

    On the same subject but I have never noticed apple mail ping to let me know i have new emails and show how many by the number on the apple mail dock icon unless apple mail was open. If like i have been doing and fully quitting is that why I don't get notifications of new emails? I presumed it would work either way.
  4. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    Yes, Mail needs to be running in order for it to check for new mail. You can close all its windows and just let it run in the background once you start it up.

  5. ledzep1 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2016
    Yep thanks I just opened it and closed it via the red cross and I got a notification email ping to let me know of your response.
    Only took me 7 months to realise this!:D
  6. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Some apps close completely if you click the red button - it closes the entire app, not just the window. In the case of other apps, closing all the windows leaves the app running. You can tell the difference by looking at the app icons in the Dock (what you called the task bar) - if an app is running, there will be a dot beneath the icon: Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 2.51.31 PM.png I'm more likely to minimize a window/app (yellow button) than close it altogether. I only close apps that I use less frequently.

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