I come at macs from a windows perspective and it bothers me that Safari stays open after I've closed all tabs. I don't like needing to then go and either quit from the top bar or cmd-click-quit the app in the dock.

I've seen that there's a way in the terminal to close the app, but that's just as much work as closing it manually. I want it to automatically close when there are no open tabs.

Is there a way to switch Safari's settings so when no tabs are open, the app quits?


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You can force quit safari easily by holding down the Control key and then clicking on the icon on your Dock. Once the sub menu comes up, click on Quit.

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    Why not just command+q key combo?
    – bjbk
    Dec 16, 2017 at 1:26
  • That works too but most people are GUI driven. Clicking that keyboard combo can be dangerous. I'd rather people click the red circle with the x inside. It's just safer. But nice for the pros. Dec 16, 2017 at 2:56

Once you close all the tabs, you are still "in" Safari. What you can do is simply press command+Q and that is it.

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