Should I always keep Apps open or close them?

2012Tony2012

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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?
 
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fisherking

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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 is...you can just do what you need to do, not stress about what's open or not... :cool:
 

dmccloud

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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.
 

mikkelnl

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Feb 7, 2011
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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.
+1

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