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I switched... closing windows?


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I was once a Mac OS user many years ago. I started on a Apple IIc and went all the way up to System 7. Now I have a home wireless Windows network with networked XP machines, laser and inkjet printers. I am a VERY knowledgable PC user. I've been a professional web developer since 1996. I've somewhat stayed in touch with OS X, since family members still use Macs. Anyway, after buying a Mini iPod for my wife and an iPod Shuffle, I fell back in love with Apple. They just design a beautiful package, from the hardware to the interface. So I bought a iBook G4, 12". I immediately bought a 256 simm and upgraded it. It is superior to my HP and Toshiba in so many ways. (Battery life, low temps, boot-up speed, quietness) I can easily use my network shares and print to my networked printers right out of the box.

A few questions...

1) in XP you can close an application and its active window with one click. In OS X I seem to have to click on the application name and then click on quit application. This is 2 clicks. While not a huge effort, it gets kind of annoying. For instance for Safari I click on "Safari" in the toolbar and then click "Quit Safari." If I click the red circle to close the active window, it closes the window, but leaves the application still running. I know I can use Command-Q, but I like using a mouse.

2) Is CTRL-click the same thing as a right click in Windows?
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1) If you click and hold on the icon on the dock a little contextual menu will popup and you can hit quit

2) Yes

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1) Yes, it needs a little time to get used to the fact that closing a window doesn't necessarily close an application, though that depends, because some apps do close when closing the main window. I guess your Mac OS7 times are long gone, because that behaviour is typical for Mac OS7, 8, 9 and X. I never worked on anything earlier than 7...
You already pointed out 2 ways to close an app: via the menu and command+Q. Another one would be ctrl-click (or right-click) on the app's icon in the dock and choose Quit. That's still 2 clicks though. Can't think of any 1-click way to close an app that doesn't close when the window is closed.

2) Yes, ctrl-click is exactly the same than right click. Just hook up a 2-button-scroll-mouse, and you'll see that it works perfectly, including the scroll wheel for scrolling in a window. And that's WITHOUT any driver or the Windows-typical sequence ("found new device", "installing driver for new device" blabla).

Enjoy your Mac experience! :cool:
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Very cool and works great. There are a lot of "hidden" features in OS X. I am discovering new stuff every day. I'm sure MS will copy even more of it in Longhorn.

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I guess your Mac OS7 times are long gone, because that behaviour is typical for Mac OS7, 8, 9 and X. I never worked on anything earlier than 7...
It's been a long while. I last had a Mac Classic II.

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2) Yes, ctrl-click is exactly the same than right click. Just hook up a 2-button-scroll-mouse, and you'll see that it works perfectly, including the scroll wheel for scrolling in a window. And that's WITHOUT any driver or the Windows-typical sequence ("found new device", "installing driver for new device" blabla).
That is good to know. Most of the time I won't have a mouse hooked up, since it's a laptop and I move around a lot when I use it.

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