Dock being a jerk

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by zacl87, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. zacl87 macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2009
    This has happened for ages but I might as well throw it out there as a question.
    When I close a program (such as picture viewer or system profiler etc..) it stays active on my dock until I ctrl click and close it. It keeps the light on underneath the icon as well.
    Is this just a setting I haven't changed? Why do they hang around after being closed?
  2. devburke Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    That’s just how OS X works. Most apps still run with all of their windows closed (so if you close all iTunes windows without quitting the app, music will still play, and if you close the Mail window, it will still check for new mail).

    We could debate whether this is good or not, but it wouldn’t matter, that’s just how it is for most apps. Some apps do close when you close all of their windows, but those are generally the ones where you only work in one window anyway (like iPhoto).
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    To quit an application, go to [Application name] -> Quit or press ⌘Q.
  4. zacl87 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2009
    Ahh ⌘Q, this is why when I press it in safari it wants to close all of my safari windows.

    Yeah, I suppose it has its good and bad points. Thanks for the advice.
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    And OS9 before X, and OS8....

    zac, apologize to your Dock. ;)

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