mac apps. question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by saladiro, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. saladiro macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2007
    New York
    Hi, when I have an app open (let's say mac calendar) I have three options to "set it aside". What I mean is I can:

    1 hit the minimize button and it kinda hides itself to the right of the scroll bar

    2 hit the X button, in this case it goes back to where it was originally launched, but has a litle triangle below it

    3 actually close it via the tool bar.

    My question is what's the difference between 1 and 2? Both appear to have it still running, yet minimized. Why have it that way?

  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Actually, you have 4.

    4) Use Apple+H to 'hide' the app.

    Anyways, as for the difference between 1 and 2, with 2 you actually close the window so all activity in the window will cease.
    The easiest way to see the difference is in Safari, open safari go to a website different to your home page and then hit the red button, next time you open a Safari window you'll be back at your home page.

    However, if you had minimized (1) or hidden (4) you would still be able to re-open the Safari window back at the page you went to.

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