Why the red ball does not quit the application?

stchman

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Hello all.

Every OS I have used, when I click the red X in the upper right or left corner, the application quits.

In OS X after I click the red ball in the upper left I still have to go to the dock and right click to quit the application. What gives?

Is there a setting somewhere in OS X?

Thanks.
 

SandboxGeneral

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Hello all.

Every OS I have used, when I click the red X in the upper right or left corner, the application quits.

In OS X after I click the red ball in the upper left I still have to go to the dock and right click to quit the application. What gives?

Is there a setting somewhere in OS X?

Thanks.
No setting. That's just part of the fundamental way OS X works. You can also use Command+Q to quit an application instead of going to the Dock to do it.
 
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Mac OS (X) is DOCUMENT based, not application based, thus closing one window of a multi-window application does not mean, it should close the entire application.

Also know, that quitting via Dock is unnecessary. I never did it in eight years. CMD+Q is quicker. Or :


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Then what function does the red dot serve? Just to make the GUI disappear?
The GUI does not disappear, only a window of a multi-window application. Take a look at System Preferences, it has only one window (and no possible others), thus clicking the red circle closes the window and application. Doing the same in Safari or TextEdit (multiple windows possible) will not quit an application. Btw, if you have 4 GB or more RAM and are not a RAM heavy user, leaving an application running in the background is not a problem, thus changing back to it is quicker.

To learn more about Mac OS X: Helpful Information for Any Mac User by GGJstudios
 

BaldiMac

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Then what function does the red dot serve? Just to make the GUI disappear?
It depends on the type of program that you are using. Generally, in a document based app, like Word, the red dot closes the document. In a single window app, like System Preferences, it quits the app.
 

Dave Braine

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closing one window of a multi-window application does not mean, it should close the entire application.
Further to that, some applications are single window; eg, iPhoto and iMovie. Closing the window from these applications using the red dot, will quit the app.