I want the red circle to quit the program, not just...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Statelymwhite, May 23, 2011.

  1. Statelymwhite macrumors regular

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    ... close the window.

    I ended up with almost 1GB of Safari windows open because I thought clicking the red circle closed Safari. Apparently that just closes the window.

    I'm an OS X noob, so be kind (haven't had a Mac since the kind Seinfeld had)... is there a way to kill the window AND quit the program with just one simple click (without going to the drop down menu?).

    Thanks!
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Use Command-Q

    Programs that use only one window quit
    Programs that can use multiple windows only close the window
    Generally speaking
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's not the way Mac OS X works. For multi-window apps, such as Safari, TextEdit, MS Word, etc., clicking the red button only closes the window. For single-window apps such as Photo Booth, clicking the red button closes the window and quits the app. To quit a multi-window app, use Command-Q or use the menu command.

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  4. Statelymwhite thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    What does "1GB of Safari windows" mean? And how did you end up with that if you closed the windows by clicking the red circle?
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I'm guessing the OP meant 1GB of RAM used by Safari, even though no windows remained open.
     
  7. applemagic123 macrumors regular

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    Yes, this is a flaw in OSX that I don't like either. I wish it was like windows where closing a window would exit out of the app entirely. Just press command Q.
     
  8. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    It isn't a flaw. It's the way OS X works and in my opinion, it makes full sense. If you like Windows, stick to Windows. Simple.
     
  9. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It is not a flaw; it is how the operating system works. The argument that it is a "flaw" is just as meritous as someone who argues that the Windows "X" closing the entire program is a flaw, i.e. ridiculous.
     
  10. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Hardly a "flaw", just a philosophical difference in how the OS works as others have pointed out
     
  11. Finch7 macrumors newbie

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    I think the mac os system works better, never have to guess if you are closing the program or just one window.
     
  12. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    That would be my argument. ;)

    I really like the fact that my Mac does not quit the program when I close the last window. I Quit too soon frequently enough as it is, then have to wait for the app to open again. But in my work flow, closing a file doesn't quit, which makes opening the next one faster.
     
  13. John89 macrumors regular

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    I've noticed the 'App Store' app shuts down with the red cross...maybe Apple are leaning to that way of closing apps?
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, if you click the red button and it shuts down the app, that means that app is a single-window app, not capable of multiple windows, such as Photo Booth, System Preferences, Calculator, iSync, Disk Utility, etc.
     
  15. John89 macrumors regular

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    Makes sense...cheers!
     

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