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I know this may seem like a stupid question or that I should have searched the answer but hide is not unique enough of a keyword to give me any useful results.

What does hide do when you click an icon on the icon bar?
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It is like minimizing a window in Windows is. It "hides" the window, minimizing it into the dock.

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Does it do anything in relation to the amount of resources that program takes up, or just minimizes it?
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I don't really get the difference in hide and close. Seems like it is the same to me.
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I know this may seem like a stupid question or that I should have searched the answer but hide is not unique enough of a keyword to give me any useful results.

What does hide do when you click an icon on the icon bar?
Its the same as the Red X button. It disappears but it still running, unlike the yellow - button which does similar but shrinks it to the right of the dock. Hide still runs but isn't visible.
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Excellent, thanks guys!
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Close (X) removes the current window from memory. Anything in that window is gone, unless saved.

Minimize (-) moves the window to the dock, where it is represented by a miniature thumbnail.

Hide Application Name makes all of the windows of the application invisible. They do not appear in the Dock, but they will reappear if the application's icon is clicked.

Hide is useful if you have two dozen Safari windows open, and don't want to have to click two dozen minimize buttons or have two dozen little thumbnails in the dock. Minimize is nice when you just want to get one window out of your way.
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not exatly... when you hit the red x it closes that window but still leaves the app open.. when you use the "HIDE" simply hides the whole app.
ex. if you hit hide on firefox in the dock and you are visiting mac-forums when you click on the firefox icon it will open back up to mac-forums... if you hit the red x and then you click the firefox icon it opens to a fresh page.
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not exatly... when you hit the red x it closes that window but still leaves the app open.. when you use the "HIDE" simply hides the whole app.
ex. if you hit hide on firefox in the dock and you are visiting mac-forums when you click on the firefox icon it will open back up to mac-forums... if you hit the red x and then you click the firefox icon it opens to a fresh page.
EDIT: ya beat me to it
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