Why does closing an application with the X icon leave it running in the dock?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by abssorb, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. abssorb macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2008
    I'm used to KDE and Gnome, where if I close an app, it's closed, end of. No more consuming processor power and no need to go round housekeeping and right-click+quit.

    Please help me understand how to change the behaviour of my Mac mini so when I click the little red X, the app closes properly. Thanks.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    In OS X, when you click the red "X" icon, it'll only close the window but the application will remain running. You can quit the application by pressng command + Q, choosing Quit "name of the app" from top bar or right clicking the icon in Dock and choosing Quit
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    It's not a behaviour you can change, so forget about it.

    I think the idea is that for apps that are strictly one window (System Preferences), clicking the red X will close it entirely. For apps that can/do use multiple windows though, you're best to simply hit COMMAND+Q if you want it closed completely.

    It's just one of those little things you have to get used to.
  4. u49aa2 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2008
    Between Heaven and Hell
    you can use system preferences program called "Stoplight" using this program you can change the windows default behavior from Mac OS to Windows.
  5. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    This is the way Mac programs have always operated, so I guess Apple keeps it that way so that the users don't have to change their working habits. Most programs will sit there quite happily waiting for you without taking much in the way of resources. I tend to leave most things running in another Space just in case I need it, only closing Web browsers on a regular basis.

    It's a bit different if you're coming from another OS, but once you get used to the way OSX handles mutliple programs and realise there's no real performance hit it's not anything to worry about.
  6. abssorb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2008

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