How to close an application on a Mac

The macOS platform is the closest to a rival to the Windows operating system in the market. Apple’s proprietary OS has been at loggerheads with Microsoft’s crowned jewel since the very beginning, and today, many argue that it has surpassed its rival in terms of features, security, and stability.

Most of the core elements are common across both the computer operating systems, set apart only by the nomenclature of the keys to be used. If there is one thing about the MacOs that we find a little bit different is the way you close an application.

Yes, you can perform the standard operation of clicking on the ‘X’ key on the top left-hand side of the application window, but in the Mac, this does not completely close the application. The app will still run in the background, and if you are a multi-tasker, you will see that if you have many such applications partially closed, the processes will start to slow down.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to close an application on a Mac.

Step 1. Open any application of your choice on your Mac.

Step 2. Now, click on the ‘X‘ key on the top left-hand side to close the app.

Step 3. You will see that the app does close, but you will see a small dot under the app icon. This indicates that the app is still running in the background.

Step 4. Right-Click on the app icon.

Step 5. Click on the ‘Quit‘ option from the pop-up menu.

This will quit the app from the background and complete the process. Another way you can fully close an application without going through this two-step process is to press the ‘Command key + Q’ while the application is open. This will fully close the application.


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