Force Quitting

6 ways to quit an app on your Mac

When it comes to OS X, closing apps is a little different than on Windows machines. Rather than closing the window, you have to actually quit the app, otherwise is stays running on your Mac even though the window has been closed.

Most Mac users are aware of how to quit an app on their Mac, but in this piece, we’ll be sharing six ways you can quit apps on your Mac so you can experiment with various app-quitting methods.

Why force quitting apps to save battery life is a terrible idea

I’m standing in line at the coffee shop. A man in front of me is frantically swiping up on all the cards in the App Switcher to force quit the applications he just launched a minute ago. I know why he’s doing this, but I can’t help asking him about it. “I’m doing this to save battery,” he answers, not knowing what he just did has the exact opposite effect on his iPhone’s battery life.

Telling him he’s wrong and explaining why force quitting apps drains his battery faster than leaving them in the App Switcher is a lost cause. I know it’s a lost cause because I have been telling people the same thing for years. No one, including members of my own family, can break this bad habit and trust the operating system will manage their apps in a way that will actually save battery life.

If you are someone who force quits apps believing your battery will last longer, then stop what you are doing and read this.