Trick to make system preferences stay open when the window is closed?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by darbyclash34, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. darbyclash34 macrumors regular

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    Is there any way to get system preferences to behave like most other apps, where closing the window does not close the application? Any terminal command or plist that can be modified? Not a huge issue, more so asking out of intellectual curiosity.

    Shawn
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    System Preferences, like Photo Booth, Disk Utility, Font Book and many other apps, is a single-window app. That means if you close the window, you close the app. There is no reason for such an app to keep running without the window. Only a multi-window app will remain running if you close all windows, such as Safari, TextEdit, Word, Excel, QuickTime, Terminal, etc. This is normal behavior.
     
  3. darbyclash34 thread starter macrumors regular

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    That makes total sense as to why those applications display that behavior. I suppose there wouldn't be a huge point to having multiple photobooths open.

    I knew this was the normal behavior, I was more so just wondering if that was a setting hidden somewhere.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, there isn't.
     
  5. macjram macrumors 6502a

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    How about instead of Closing the window, you just "Hide" it?

    Just a thought.
     
  6. darbyclash34 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, that would make total sense if apple's view on it didn't seem to shift around so much. System Preferences and Photo Booth only have one window. When you close that window, there is no other possible window to have open. Disk Utility closes if you close the main window. However, there is another window that can be opened, the disk utility log window. If that window is open, the application does not close, and continues running like most mac applications. If that behavior is followed, is there much sense in having iCal or Address Book continue running if there main window is closed? Or most any application for that matter? Maybe only certain apps should remain running when all of their windows are closed, such as Safari and Finder. Applications where there is not one defined main window, but where any window might be the primary focus at any given time? Just a thought.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Even if you don't have the iCal window open, you can still get alarms for scheduled events. You can have multiple Address Book windows open, like other multi-window apps. For apps like Safari, Preview, TextEdit, Finder, Word, etc., leaving the app running even with all windows closed will save time in opening a new window/document if you don't have to relaunch the app.
     

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