Re: Close vs Exit

Subject: Re: Close vs Exit
From: Virginia Day <Virginia_Day -at- DATACARD -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 1998 16:14:02 -0600


Close is accurate for Explorer, because the application does not
terminate when the large window closes. If you look at the list of
active programs, Explorer remains active even when you do not have the
window open. Windows apps typically use Explorer in a dialog to open
files--Word, Excel, etc. all do this. In my experience, if Explorer
closes, you must restart Windows to use the PC.

Windows help might provide some additional information here to help
you convince your programmer to use Exit.

HTH, Virginia

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Subject: Close vs Exit
Author: Michael Clark <miark -at- MIJENIX -dot- COM> at Internet
Date: 3/13/98 4:00 PM

The MS style guide says that you should use "Exit" as the command to
quit a program, and "close" when talking about a vanilla window. This
is logical to me, and is consistent with Wordpad, Word, Excel, Outlook
Express, etc.

Explorer uses "Close". Will someone please explain this to me?

I'm trying to get my head developer to use "Exit", like 95% of the
rest of the programs out there, but he wants to use "Close" because
Explorer--the ONE inconsistent Microsoft program--uses it. I've
already pointed out that "Exit" is more popular, more logical, and the
actual MS guideline, but he's still not convinced. I need another


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