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tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
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Nov 7, 2012 11:33 PM

I'm going to be getting an iMac in the next few months. I've been doing a bit of research on the Mac OS and I have read that unlike in Windows, when you press the red button on a Mac's window it closes the window only, and generally does not close that particular application for that window.


I was wondering if there is any need to quit (selecting quit from its menu) that particular application every time I would have finished using it, or finished using it for that day?


Also, if I just click the red button on the window, and do this with a lot of applications, would I start to have problems/issues occur with my Mac because of doing this?


It's just I'm finding it a bit confusing coming from Windows where when I click a window on there, it closes/quits that program.




Could you give me some instances/scenarios of when I would need to just click on the red button in the Mac's window?


And also some instances/scenarios of when I would need to quit (choosing quit from its menu)?




Thanks in advance.

Windows Vista, iPad (3rd Gen) 32GB iPhone 5 32GB
  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,220 points)
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    Nov 8, 2012 12:11 AM (in response to tal1971)

    This is one area where the Mac is not consistent across all applications - clicking the red dot has the effect of quitting some apps whereas on others it just closes the window.

    Some that close & quit on clicking on the red dot are App Store, Contacts, TomTom Home, iPhoto, FaceTime. And some that don't quit (just close the window) are iTunes, Mail, Calendar, Safari. There are plenty of others in each category. I imagine there is some reason for this inconsistent behaviour but I've never found out what it is . Regardless, Command+Q to quit works across all the apps, so that's what I do.

    The main reason for quitting unused apps is to stop them hogging RAM. Unless you have masses of RAM it'll help the Mac to run more efficiently if you only have open the apps you are currently using, or the apps you use throughout the day. For example, I leave Mail, Chrome and Skype running all the time as they are the apps I use constantly but I open and quit iTunes, iPhoto, Pages, etc. on an as required basis as I only use them off and on.

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,220 points)
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    Nov 8, 2012 12:06 PM (in response to tal1971)

    Two places that get highly recommended on here for RAM upgrades are and - they know Macs well, have a RAM-chooser section on their sites and guarantee the chips for life.


    Command+Q will only quit one application at a time - the one you are currently using.


    Yes, if you click the red dot an apps such as Mail or Chrome only the window closes leaving the app running. It'll re-open instantly when you select its icon in the Dock as the app is still live and running, albeit in the background.


    Both Lion and Mountain Lion have a feature called 'Resume' which you can turn or off. If you leave it on any applications that are open when you shutdown will re-open at the same state/position they were when you shutdown.

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,220 points)
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    Nov 8, 2012 12:35 PM (in response to tal1971)

    OWC and Macsales are one and the same company. I live in France and have often ordered from Macsales and have found the costs to be competitive, even allowing for postage. Having said that, Crucial are equally well recommended.

    Once I got used to Resume I've had no problems at all - in fact I like it. I used to have various applications listed in my startup items so that they would launch at bootup. With Resume I no longer have them listed, just leave my regualr apps open at restart/shutdown and they relaunch in their last state.

    As a side note, you'll get conflicting opions, but I almost never shutdown the Mac - just let it sleep. The exceptions would be if I'm going away for a few days or more or if we have extreme storms.

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,220 points)
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    Nov 8, 2012 12:57 PM (in response to tal1971)

    Enjoy your Mac when you get it - and you know where to come with any queries .

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,220 points)
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    Nov 8, 2012 1:45 PM (in response to tal1971)

    When you Restart or Shutdown you are presented with the option in the image below.


    Screen Shot 2012-11-08 at 22.43.40.jpg

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,180 points)
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    Nov 8, 2012 3:54 PM (in response to tal1971)
    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,220 points)
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    Nov 8, 2012 10:54 PM (in response to tal1971)

    That screen appears each time - once it's set how you like it you can ignore it.


    Baltwo's links offer some useful reading for those who are nnew to Mac.

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