[texworks] close and exit

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Mon Apr 5 03:01:24 CEST 2010

On Apr 4, 2010, at 7:46 PM, David J. Perry wrote:

> Scripsit Jonathan:
>> 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?
> I work mainly on Windows, and a great many programs (including MS Office; also FontLab Studio, GIMP, OpenOffice, and Adobe Reader, to name just those that I have used today) allow you to close all open documents, leaving you with a mostly blank screen and a menu bar with only a limited number of options: File/Open, Open Recent, New, or Exit, with the rest grayed out.  I always think of "close" as meaning "close the document" and "exit" as "shut down the program."  Some of the simple programs that come with Windows (Paint and Notepad, e.g.) don't have a "close" but only an exit option.
> I would prefer to see TeXworks behave this way, since I too sometimes am done with one document and can't close it without shutting down the program, even though I want to work on a different file.  I know it's only a saving of one step, but I guess I am used to doing it that way.
> David 


My experience with Windows is absolutely minimal (I've been a Mac user for many years and UNIX [BSD] before that) but I've always seen people close the the file via the Close Window (x?) box which essentially closed the program. When I was working at the Apple Store it was a continual challenge to have folks nre to the Mac separate the opening and closing of a document from the open and closing of the application. I'm sort of amazed that there was such a separation with some applications under Windows.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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