2 Replies Latest reply: Apr 11, 2010 8:32 AM by den.thed
MagicMan88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
What does it mean when a small white dot appears beside some of the icons within the nav bar? I assume it means that the application is running in the background. Is it prudent to "Quit" these applications or is it OK to keep it running in the background? Sometimes I don't like to Quit it, as it disappears off the nav bar and I have to retreive it. Thanks!

Intel, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (48,020 points)
    Welcome to Apple Discussions.

    Your post is a little confusing as I'm not clear what you mean by a nav bar? If you are referring to the Dock then the white dot does mean an application is running and yes it's 100% OK for it to be running. That is the whole idea of any Windows operating system having the ability to have multiple app's running simultaneously.


  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (24,720 points)
    Hi MagicMan88

    Welcome to Apple Discussions

    Yes, the white dot indicates that the Application is open.

    To retain any Application on the Dock +(Navigation Bar)+ control (right) click on it and in Options select Keep in Dock. Now then when you Quit the Application, the short cut icon should remain on the Dock for the next time you want to open it.

    Also see Mac 101 The Dock > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2474