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Are Your Bits Flipped? by Joe Kissell

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5. Mac Apps: An Open and Closed Case

“I’m close,” thought Rachel. “Real close. I’ll have Safari open in five minutes, tops.”
“I’m close,” thought Rachel. “Real close. I’ll have Safari open in five minutes, tops.”

In this chapter, just for Mac users, I want to address several common sources of confusion about apps—such as how to tell when they’re running (which is not as obvious as you might think), the best and worst ways to launch and quit them (you may be expending far too much effort), and a couple of other app-related myths.

Let me begin with a story to illustrate an extreme case of app-launching confusion.

How Not to Open an App

The woman sitting next to me at Starbucks was having trouble logging in to the free Wi-Fi connection ...

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