Should I always keep Apps open or close them?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by 2012Tony2012, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. 2012Tony2012, Apr 15, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2014

    2012Tony2012 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2012
    I run apps like Firefox, Wunderlist, Bean Text Editor, Dropbox etc all the time.

    Should I keep all those open all times, even when placing Mac into Sleep mode?

    Or should I close an App when I finished with it and open again when I need to, which can mean I close the same App dozens of times per day.

    What's best for RAM and resources etc in Maverick?
  2. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    you're gonna get a bunch of opinions here...

    what i'd suggest: leave them open, do your work etc. put the mac to sleep.
    etc etc

    but occasionally...reboot. cleans things out, and you can go back to work.
    (or reboot ONLY if you're having any issues).

    but the whole idea can just do what you need to do, not stress about what's open or not... :cool:
  3. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    Go to Activity Monitor and the Memory tab, then check the "Memory Pressure" graph at the bottom. If it's green, then leave everything open if you want. If it's amber or red, then you might want to close the most memory-intensive apps when not using them. The memory pressure is more important than just the numbers, because that truly indicates if your RAM is being exhausted or not.
  4. mikkelnl macrumors member

    Feb 7, 2011

    Besides this, I always quit apps that use the dedicated gfx card on my macbook when it's on battery-power... ;)

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