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Quit the application

You don't have to quit right now, if you want to continue on with the exercises in this section! Or you might want to practice quitting, then you'll just reopen AppleWorks when you are ready to read the next chapter.

It's important to understand exactly what happens when you quit. You see, when you close the document, you are essentially putting that one piece of paper away, but the word processor itself (the typewriter) is still on the desk. Now, it might look like you put the word processor away because when you close the document, you see the Desktop, as if nothing is there. But trust me, that typewriter, I mean word processor, is still sitting in the Macintosh memory (desk), taking up space. It does not go away until you quit.


While an application is open, its icon is gray.


To quit the application

  • Go to the File menu and choose "Quit."

    Or use the keyboard shortcut, Command Q.


When you have successfully quit an application, its icon is complete and colorful.


To know whether an application is still open or whether you really did quit, check the Application menu, the one on the far-right of the menu bar. If it shows "AppleWorks" (or "ClarisWorks"), then you didn't quit and the word processor is still open. If you see AppleWorks in this menu, select it, then press Command Q again. Check back in this menu to make sure the application has really quit.


Always check the Application menu to make sure an application has really quit. These three items are applications that are still open (the Finder is always open). The checkmark is next to the one that is "active" at the moment.


If you like, you can "tear off" that Application menu and leave it sitting on your Desktop so you are always aware of which applications are open and in memory. See page 242 for more information on this important menu.


Just press-and-drag your mouse down the Application menu (as shown above) and this menu will "tear off" (as shown to the left). When you let go of the mouse, the menu will float right there. Try it. To put this menu away, click its Close Box.


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