When working on a Mac, you probably launch a whole bunch of applications, and of course you forget to close them, which directly affects productivity (a bunch of distracting windows + switching between them noticeably slows down) and system performance (minimized or hidden program also consumes Mac resources) , and not for the better.
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First, I’d like to mention some information about the creator of Quitter, who is Marco Arment. His name is unlikely to say anything for you, but it was this person who himself created the most popular services Tumblr, Instapaper and Overcast. And he, of course, knows how to increase productivity, and also we were lucky that he works on a Mac.
Meaning Quitter consists in the fact that the macOS user has a simple opportunity to create rules, due to which after a certain period of time this or that program would be minimized or completely closed.
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How to automatically close or minimize unused applications on Mac
To get started, download the utility itself, available from the official website of Marco Arment. After you unzip the downloaded archive, just drag the application icon into the “Programs“.
After starting Quitter, first of all, put it to autoload, otherwise, after rebooting the system, the effect will disappear again. The application does not have its own interface as such, and it is controlled through the icon with the letter “Q»In the menu bar.
Open Quitter and check the box next to “Start Quitter at Login“.
Now we need to create the rules for which, in fact, we installed this utility. You can do this in the menu “Edit Rules …“.
Everything is simple here. By clicking on the plus sign, select the application of interest from the program folder. Then it remains to choose the action (close (Quit) or collapse (Hide)) and the time after which it will be executed (set manually. For example, 10 minutes).
Thus, once you create a decent list of rules, you no longer have to constantly press a key combination Command (⌘) + Qto exit all applications.
It’s best to add to the Quitter list all applications that are not essential, such as RSS readers, social network clients, and so on. Moreover, Marco himself strongly recommends not fixing this kind of program in the Dock, so that after closing it would disappear from it and not distract your attention.
In future Quitter updates, I would like to see the sorting of all applications by popularity, so that the user already knows which programs are worth creating rules and which are not.