RedQuits Makes The Red Close Button On Mac Quit Applications

RedQuits Makes The Red Close Button On Mac Quit Applications

Mac: One of Mac’s most confusing features is the red close button, which you think would shut down an application but often doesn’t. RedQuits is a free utility that closes applications when you click the the red close button.

If you’re more used to Windows’ application-quitting close button functionality, RedQuits will likely be a much welcome utility for you on the Mac that works as described. Now you don’t have to resort to going to the system menu bar (or using Cmd+Q) to quit an application fully and free up some memory.

For even more timesaving goodness, when you have mutiple windows of an application open, clicking the red close button will close all of the related windows at once.

(Note: The small application is quickly installed, but I needed to restart my Mac and relaunch RedQuits for the functionality to appear in all applications.)

RedQuits [via AddictiveTips]


  • “which you think would shut down an application but often doesn’t”

    Why would you think that unless you’re used to the clunky mixed metaphor way Windows does things?

    With a virtual memory pre-emptive multitasking operating system and cheaply available memory, does it really matter that the application isn’t really closed anyway?

    Do you really need to download an application when you can just do as Oliver suggests and press CMD + Q?

    • Okay, Toby, we all get that you like Macs.

      Awfully sorry to rain on your parade, but yes, it does matter when an application hasn’t fully closed. Especially when, because of the nature of your work, you have session after session after session after session open, and your Macs become slower than one-legged dogs on valium. And yes, I do know what I’m doing, before you assume that I don’t.

      RedQuits is going to make life a HELL of a lot easier for a good portion of us.

  • Alas the Windows system only really works on Windows as each window of an app is treated as a separate instance of an app. On Mac, each window is merely part of a single app. Closing one window in windows closes that instance, closing all instances closes all instances.

    This app in Windows would be closing all instances of an app when the user only wants to close one window (achievable on Lion with option-clicking on the red button). I mention Lion here because if all visible windows of an app are closed, the system will automatically quit the app when it requires more resources for other apps.

    The resulting question is how is this app really relevant to a simplified user interface? If anything it complicates things – you have to remember that it will close more than you click on.

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