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Undo "Close Program"

In case you accidentally close an app.
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I accidentally close apps all the time - particularly web browsers. Rather than having an annoying "Are you sure you want to quit" dialog, why doesn't the O/S just let you undo, and re-open the app wherever you where.

Obviously, you could disable this feature (perhaps a "purge undo" feature), so that power users could free up their resources immediately. But joe-bloggs word-processor and web-browser users would find this really usefull.

temp2, Nov 27 2002

abort shutdown http://www.halfbake...ea/abort_20shutdown
27 Nov 02 | Dating from Feb 02, this is the halfbakery idea [DrCurry] remembers. [bristolz, Oct 04 2004]

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       Oh Yes, Yes please. Someone please find/write one in downloadable format with step by step instructions for the barely computer literate (i.e.me).
egbert, Nov 27 2002
  

       The thing could minimise the window, then count to ten before stopping the task. This means your computer isn't full of dud stuff, but you can get the last thing back. Coo.
Richard K, Nov 27 2002
  

       Yep - I used to do this in Opera all the time - the tabs are a god-send but when you close a window with about 10 tabs on it it's a nightmare!
temp2, Nov 27 2002
  

       A capital idea. I've often thought that more programs should be designed with a "Do you *really* want to close <Name of Application>?" prompt, but having it built into the OS might be more convenient yet (well, for the user, if not for the programmer...).
Pharaoh Mobius, Nov 27 2002
  

       I'd like a Cancel feature on the Windows shutdown, but I think we talked about that before. I would be happy if hitting the Escape or Break buttons cancelled whatever you last told the computer to do.   

       [Thank you for the link, bris.]
DrCurry, Nov 27 2002
  

       <slightly related amusing anecdote>I caught myself looking for ctrl-z on a calculator the other day.</..>
egbert, Nov 27 2002
  

       And it would work how? (At least let this be turned off, ideally on a per-application basis; I tend to use memory-starved computers, and I want those resources freed up ASAP.)
bookworm, Nov 27 2002
  

       Yes,yes,and again yes...great idea...I found myself wishing for something just like this only moments ago...had two windows open on top of each other, when I inadvertently double clicked the little "X", closing both windows. The top browser window was one I wanted to close, but the bottom window held a large (120MB) read-only encrypted PDF file that I needed to keep open. It's -still- re-downloading as I type this. A timer-based close would be essential, as suggested by Richard K. Big toasty hot-buttered croissant for this one.
Freefall, Nov 27 2002
  

       //the exact state of the app//
Some apps do behave this way, and I find it quite handy. WinAmp is a good example, when you start it up its pretty much in the state (playlist loaded, song selected, etc) that it was in when you closed it. (WTAGIPBAN)
krelnik, Nov 27 2002
  

       I agree with Richard K on this one - When you click "Close", your "Close Program" request will only suspend the application (for an amount of time you set in system preferences). If, during this time, you press <Esc>, the application will resume from the suspension, and the suspension timer will stop. Worth a croissant if you ask me.
rudyvalencia, Oct 17 2004
  

       This feature could be controlled through the LAN so that when the boss comes by, all he has to do is push a button on his little wifi device, and everything that was closed in the previous 30 seconds would flip from nowhere back onto the hapless employee's screen.
DarkEnergy, Mar 15 2006
  

       DarkEnergy, that's pure evil. lol
imaginality, Mar 15 2006
  
      
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