Is there a shortcut to just close a window?

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  1. andyACEcandy macrumors 6502a

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    I know on windows, I used to just press ESC and it would close the window I was in like if I had a chat message up, I could press escape and it would close it


    Now I press the command + ESC and it quits the program... is there a shortcut to just close the window instead of quitting it altogether?
     
  2. Arn1499 macrumors member

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    Command + W
     
  3. CubeHacker macrumors 65816

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    I think thats highly dependent on the application, and what you are describing is not normal windows behavior. If I press ESC in Internet Explorer or MS Word, the window doesn't just close. As a matter of fact, in pretty much every windows program I can think of, pressing ESC does not close the window.
     
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  5. RHatton macrumors regular

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    Command + N will create a new window
    Command + W will close a window
    Command + Q wil quit the application

    The rest are in that link to apples site. It has loads of shortcuts.
     
  6. jmann macrumors 604

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    I use mulitclutch to have 3-fingers swipe up does command Cmd + W. Easy way to "fling away" a window. :)
     
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Multitouch
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I'm pretty sure he means MultiClutch
     
  9. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    No, I'm pretty sure he means MultiClutch.
     
  10. jmann macrumors 604

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    Ding ding ding! Winner, winner, chicken dinner! :p
     
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Damnit! ::bites foot::
     
  12. RangerFan104 macrumors newbie

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    Pressing Command+W will close the current window, or if you are in a web browser it will close the currently opened tab (assuming you have multiple tabs open). If not it will just close the window.
     
  13. Doctor Q Administrator

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    option-command-w closes all windows in most Mac applications that allow multiple windows or tabs.

    In Windows, the escape key is commonly used to close dialog boxes, not regular windows. Dialog boxes include the windows that give you prompts like Are you sure? with OK and Cancel buttons, and the windows that let you pick a file name and location when you open or save a document. The escape key works similarly on Macs.
     

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