when you press the keyboard shortcut to close a window, it should


@Vierkantor macOS's Finder is annoying because you can't close it with the Command-Q shortcut or hide it with the Command-H shortcut. Instead, you have to press Command-W to close it.

I used to use Windows before I got a Mac, and I could use Alt + F4 to close everything.

The best compromise for me, that saves time, is to not close any apps and just log out of the computer when I'm done.

· · Web · 2 · 0 · 1

@vital876 That's an interesting perspective! I grew up with Mac OS (before there even was an X in the name). Back then, the Finder was very different from other programs like a text editor, so not being able to quit made sense. I definitely see how it does not make much sense nowadays.

@Vierkantor I just read your post, by the way. I spent this whole time writing that.

@vital876 no worries! I happened to already know this, but I'm sure someone else can learn something when they scroll through.

@Vierkantor My first operating system was Windows Vista on a 2005(?) Dell desktop computer.

The only time I would use a Mac is when I would go to one of the libraries me and my Mom used to go to. I would spend a lot of time on Google Earth on that computer.

A year ago, I got a Macbook as my first laptop that was for me (not a family computer). I've been learning the differences between Windows and macOS for a while now. They're similar in some ways, but completely different in others.

@Vierkantor (p1) If you're not a user, you might be unfamiliar with how macOS doesn't close a program if you close its window. They are treated as separate.

@Vierkantor (p2) On Windows, there are minimized windows, maximized windows, windowed mode windows, and that's it. If you close a window, it closes the entire program of that window. A program and its window are treated as one in the same. If you close one, it closes the other, which is good because on Windows it's a good idea to close programs because your computer will run slowly.

@Vierkantor (p3) On macOS/OS X, there are fullscreened windows, zoomed windows, unfullscreened windows, minimized windows, and hidden windows. If you press close on a window, it closes the window but not the entire program. You can close a window's program by "focusing" on the window, navigating the menu bar, and "quitting" the program.

@Vierkantor (p4) Why does macOS not close the program when you close its window? Good question! Apparently, it was more useful in pre-OS X versions of the Mac operating system, but I don't know how. macOS has a "menu bar" that lets you access specific things within programs, even though it's outside of that program's window on the top of the screen. Most things in Windows are accessed within the window of the program you're in.

Sign in to participate in the conversation

Server run by the main developers of the project 🐘 It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!