[texworks] close and exit

Jonathan Kew jfkthame at googlemail.com
Sun Apr 4 19:10:31 CEST 2010

On 4 Apr 2010, at 17:58, Joseph Wright wrote:

> On 04/04/2010 17:51, Jonathan Kew wrote:
>> On 4 Apr 2010, at 03:14, david allen wrote:
>>> when one has a single file open, the "close" command both closes the file and exits the program.
>>> I sometimes want stop work on one project and start work on another. I find that behavior annoying.
>>> for "close" not to mean just close is so Microsoftesque.
>> Surely it's normal for an application to exit if you close its last (or only) open window? Once the window is closed, there's no user interface for you to interact with it further. What would you expect to see after you close the window?
>> This would be different in a MDI-style application or a tabbed-editing model, where documents are opened into sub-windows within an overall application workspace; but that's not how TeXworks is designed. (Yes, tabbed editing is on the wish-list as an alternative interface model for the future.)
>> (I presume you're working on Windows or Linux, as this behavior is different on Mac OS X.)
>> JK
> I guess the behaviour requested is the same as you see in MS Office apps: if you have one window open and close (rather than exit) the you get a blank document.

Oh, do they? I don't have MS Office on Windows, so I'm not familiar with how it works these days. That seems like it would be counter-intuitive (and annoying) to me, though.... it means that clicking the Close control would have the (apparent) effect of NOT closing the window but simply emptying it of content, leaving it blank.

Or do you mean that MS Office actually uses an MDI-style paradigm, where documents are hosted within an overall application workspace? I'm pretty sure that's how it used to be in older versions, at least, back when I was somewhat familiar with it. That gives you the option of either closing individual documents while leaving the application open, or closing the workspace as a whole.


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