Why the cross does not close the application on Mac, but only hides it in the Dock

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I bought my first Mac in my life and I can’t understand at all what is the difference between the “minimize the program” button and the “cross” button. The same thing is happening.

Apple computer users who recently switched to a Mac from the Windows operating system cannot understand the logic regarding closing and minimizing applications at first.

Some programs are closed with a red cross, and some after that remain hanging in the Dock Panel.

The first thing to remember is the logic of the red cross in the upper left corner of the program window.

The cross does not completely close the application, but terminates the active program window.

If an application has only one active window (for example, System Preferences , App Store , Calculator ), then when it is closed , the program itself will end .

If the application can have several windows (for example, Mail , Safari , Notes ), then the cross will close the active window , but will not terminate the program itself.

After that, the operation of the system will become clearer.

You can either continue to use the way you already know how to close windows/applications and keep running programs without active windows, or remember several ways to completely end applications.

There are many options for this in macOS, here are the most accessible:

1. You can end any application using the keyboard shortcut Command + Q.

2. You can select the corresponding item in the menu bar when the desired application is active.

3. You can terminate the program through the context menu of the application icon in the Dock Panel.

There are other less convenient ways, such as closing through System Monitor or Terminal . You can also create a super button to close all or selected applications with a single tap.

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