[OS X TeX] Two problems with TeXworks

"M. Tamer Özsu" ozsut at mac.com
Wed Feb 23 19:15:06 EST 2011

On 2011-02-24, at 1:58 AM, Jonathan Kew wrote:

> On 23 Feb 2011, at 17:12, Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard wrote:
>> Le 23/02/2011 10:29, "M. Tamer Özsu" a écrit :
>>> On 2011-02-23, at 4:44 PM, Joseph Wright wrote:
>>>> On 23/02/2011 08:38, Manuel Pouring-Gonnard wrote:
>>>>> First, I noticed that when I "close" TeXworks by using the red button at the top
>>>>> left of the main window, I can't reopen it later from the dock as I would do
>>>>> with any other application (firefox, safari, OOo, etc). I need to first quit it
>>>>> (either right clic -> quit from the dock or cmd-Q from inside the app). Am I
>>>>> doing anything wrong? Is it a (known) bug?
>>>> You need to do File -> New (Cmd-N) to get a new TeXworks window on the
>>>> Mac (I've always found it a bit odd, but I guess I've got used to it).
>>> It is actually not that odd -- when you click on that red button, you are not
>>> quitting the application, but only closing the window. If you check it, you
>>> will see that TeXworks is still running. So, you need to open a new window
>>> (as you indicate), not restart the application.
>> Thanks for the details. I understand that the red button doesn't close the app.
>> I simply would expect double-clicking the icon in the dock when the app is
>> running with all windows closed to Do The Right Thing, in that case open a new
>> window, rather than forcing me to think "what I want to do is open a new window,
>> so let's hit cmd-N."
>> Not that it's a big problem, but that's what I'd come to expect from my very
>> short experience with other apps on OS X.
> Yes; if the app is running but has no windows open, clicking the Dock icon ought to trigger the same response as launching the app when it's not running at all - by default, a new window, unless you change the startup action in the preferences.
> We should fix that for the next release, really.
> JK

I really don't think opening a new window when you click on an app in the Dock is the standard response of other apps. In a number of apps, this is a choice that you indicate in the preferences. You can choose to open a new window or to not do anything or it can prompt you to open an existing document. If it is going to be "fixed", perhaps it is best to add a preference to this effect.


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