Shrink tab window to Mac dock when clicking the close button

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Simon Bingham

26 Sep, 2013 10:11 AM

Not sure if this is possible but most Mac applications shrink to the dock when you hit the close button rather than exiting the application. As a result I keep clicking the close button on the Propane tab window instead of the shrink button which is frustrating because I have to reopen the window and enter all my groups again. Maybe it's just me... :-)

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by trevor on 26 Sep, 2013 06:40 PM

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    Hi Simon,

    Are you saying the applications you use do the same thing whether you press the close (Red) or the minimize (Yellow) button?

    It's not something I've seen before and I'm not sure how well that would work. Do you have any examples you can point me to so I can try it out?


  2. 2 Posted by Simon Bingham on 26 Sep, 2013 09:35 PM

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    Hi Trev,

    Sorry, I probably didn't explain very well. If you take Tweetdeck as an
    example on the Mac, if I click the yellow button the window shinks to the
    right hand side of the dock and I can click it again to expand it. If I
    click the red button the window closes but when I click the application in
    the dock to expand the window again it opens in exactly the same state in
    which I closed it.

    The main difference with Propane is if I click the red button to close the
    window and then click the application in the dock to expand the window
    again the tabs for the groups I was viewing have all disappeared and I have
    to reopen them again manually. It would be nice if the tabs remained open
    in the background.

    Hope this makes sense. Not sure if what I have requested is possible.

    Kind regards,


  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by trevor on 09 Oct, 2013 01:17 AM

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    Hi Simon,

    I just wanted to follow-up on this, in case you were thinking I'm ignoring it.

    A lot of apps that behave as you describe hide the window rather than actually close it.

    Propane is currently more like Safari than (say) the Twitter app so hiding windows isn't a good strategy because the windows consume a lot of system resources.

    I have a lot of changes in progress that will improve things but it may be a while before it's exactly as you describe.

    It'll get there eventually though.


  4. 4 Posted by Simon Bingham on 09 Oct, 2013 07:46 AM

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    Hi Trevor,

    No worries. Thank you for your response.


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