My Mac usage habits cover the spectrum from obsessively tidy (clean Dock, clean Documents folder) to excessively piggy (everything from the past week on the Desktop).
Sometimes, when I’m in a big hurry, I just click Shut Down and hope for the best. Unfortunately, that’s not a clean and neat way to close a non-Lion Mac. I found a better way.
Quit Doesn’t Always Quit
Just as Quit doesn’t always quit a specific app, selecting Shut Down… from the Apple menu doesn’t always shut down the Mac.
I’ve come back the next morning to find a notice from Safari or some other app that canceled Shut Down because something wasn’t saved first.
Mac OS X Lion is changing all that, of course, but not all Mac apps adhere to Versions or understand Resume or respect Auto Save, Apple’s newfangled way to do things.
I like the idea that Lion remembers to open apps and documents right where I left them, but not every Mac in your house or neighborhood has made the transition from steam-operated Snow Leopard to a shiny new Lionized Mac.
Another pet peeve, even with Lion, is that little red button in the upper left corner of each Mac app or document window. Click it and the window closes, right?
Sometimes. Sometimes, all the open windows in Safari will close with a single click to the red button. But Safari stays running. Click the red button in other apps and you may get a dialog box asking you to save a file. Maybe.
The Big Red Button
That’s where the big red button comes in. It’s called RedQuits. It’s cheap. It closes apps that wouldn’t normally close even when you’ve closed the last open document or window.
Alright, the red button isn’t really all that big. Little Red Button didn’t sound as enticing. Clicking the red close button in the apps window really means Quit.
If you have an open document and haven’t saved it, RedQuits won’t do anything and you’ll get the same pop up Save dialog box. That makes RedQuits useful and worthy, especially considering the price. It’s free.
Better still is what Lion does with apps that adhere to Apple’s new guidelines for Versions, Resume, and Auto Save. I like selecting Shut Down and everything just shuts down, even open, unsaved documents. They’ll be right there when you start up your Mac again.
Until all Mac apps are Lionized, and until everyone switches to Lion, there’ll still be a need to shut down and close windows the old fashioned way. By hand. RedQuits simply helps out a little.