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Re: Quit is grayed out in Mathematica 8.0.4

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  • From: W Craig Carter <ccarter at MIT.EDU>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:35:27 -0400 (EDT)
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I've had this happen when I've started up a system dialog (i.e., SystemDialogInput["Color"]) but then misplaced the dialog-window, perhaps because the dialog has been dragged nearly offscreen.  I believe that the "grayed out" is the intended behavior in this case, but it may be worth pointing out to others who see the original posting.


W Craig Carter
Professor of Materials Science, MIT

On Mar 17, 13, at 3:10 AM, John Fultz wrote:

> We had a bug report on this in-house (for the Mac version only, I should
> note), and for a long time had trouble reproducing it.  We finally were
> able to reproduce it in certain cases by opening Mathematica by
> double-clicking on certain notebooks, and we believe the problem has
> been completely fixed in v9.  No new reports have come in against v9.
> But, looking back in the history of the bug report, it looks like there
> were several cases where, for some users, the specific trigger for the
> behavior could never be properly ascertained, even though we were able
> to identify the bad state Mathematica ultimately entered that disabled
> the Quit item.  So, I'd say that if you're launching Mathematica by
> double-clicking on a notebook, try not doing that.  But possibly that's
> not what you're doing, in which case I'm not sure that I have much good
> advice to offer in the way of a workaround.
> John Fultz
> jfultz at
> User Interface Group
> Wolfram Research, Inc.
> On Mar 16, 2013, at 2:13 AM, Bob <deepyogurt at> wrote:
>> I just installed Mathematica 8.0.4 on OS X Mountain Lion and noticed
>> that when I run it (without any apparent problems), now the "Quit
>> Mathematica" is greyed out and won't let me exit out of Mathematica.
>> Any ideas or suggestions? I can always force quit it, but really hate
>> to in case it causes problems.
>> Thanks very much...
>> -Bob

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