When you’ve used the download and have it installed on your computer, you’ll be able to open it up and use it whenever you want to without any costs or anything similar. Of course, you won’t be needing it every minute of the day, although you probably will need to go back to it at certain points to check how your downloads are doing or maybe even to start new ones going. In this article, we’re going to be talking to you about the different options you have when it comes to opening and shutting down FrostWire for those rare occasions where you don’t need the tool.
There are two main options that you can select from when it comes to choosing the shutdown behavior of the program, we’re going to talk about them both here. The first thing we should tell you is where you can find them – simply load up the software and go into the options panel. By clicking on the “System Tray” tab, you’ll find the settings that we’re going to be discussing a bit later on so we recommend that you keep this window open while you read this article so you can make your change straight away.
Shutdown Immediately – If you select this option, when you press the close button, the software will shut down straight away and will not stay running in the background. This means that no transfers will be made and no seeding will be done either. It also means that you’ll have to completely re-open the software next time you want to use it too. Perhaps the benefit of this approach is that it saves on RAM usage so your computer could run slightly faster, plus because there isn’t any transfers going on it will also cut your bandwidth usage. This is currently the default action that it will do. Note that there is also a setting to make it show a dialog before it closes which could be useful in case you nearly shut it down by accident.
Minimize to System Tray – This is currently the alternative to the option we’ve talked about above. By using this, when you press the close button it will not shut down, it will simply run in the background and can be accessed through the System Tray. This will make it much quicker to load up when you next need it and it’ll also mean that your transfers will carry on too. It will use more bandwidth by doing this but if you’re part of a private torrent tracker for example, uploading and seeding are essential and by using this option, it just helps to make sure your account stays active.
In conclusion, FrostWire makes it very easy for you to decide whether you’d prefer the software to completely shut down when you press the close button or whether you’d rather it just be minimized. There is a simple option in the options panel which will give you the ability to change it at the click of a button so you’re able to test them both out and see which you prefer and then make a decision. The one thing that should be clear if you’ve been reading a lot of our articles is that it is very easy to use and is recommended for all, so if you haven’t installed it just yet then you really need to go ahead and do so.