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MacWrite was Apple's word processor for MacOS.
The MacWrite applications may have multiple windows open at once.
Notice that the finder is not visible or accessible when an application
is running. Opening an application hides the finder. The idea is that you
do one thing (edit a document, or draw a picture) at a time. Also, the
reality at the time was an early Macintosh computer could do only so much
The correct way to close a window in MacOS is File-Close.
This is a standard close dialog that appears when you close a window
after text has changed.
Even when the last window is closed the application remains open. The
reason for this is you may still want to do things with the application
at this point.
To exit the application to the finder you must click "File" and then
This is MacPaint, Apple's simple graphics program for the Macintosh.
Although you can not access the Finder or run other applications when an
application is running, you can run Finder accessories at the same time
as an application.
MacOS 7 finally included built-in task switching and the ability for
multiple applications to be visible at the same time.
The screen shot above is of MacOS 7 rather than 1.1 and shows MacWrite
and MacPaint as well as the Finder running at the same time. The task menu
enables you to easily select the application you want to bring to the foreground
in the event the window is covered.
Microsoft Windows took a different approach to displaying multiple applications
at the same time. In Windows each application has its own menu and title