1. In general, close is the action performed to terminate a portion of a program or the complete program. If a file has changed since it was opened and the program is closed, any changes done to the open file may be lost. If the program closes without performing the close action, this is usually referred to as a crash.
Tip: Pressing the keyboard shortcut key Alt + F4 in Windows will close an open program and if the program has any open windows or tabs pressing Ctrl + F4 or Ctrl + W will close the current open window or tab.
2. When referring to a button or a feature in a GUI operating system, the close box or close button allows a user to terminate a window within a program or the complete program. For example, In Microsoft Windows operating systems and many other operating systems and software programs, the close button with a "X" is located in the top right corner of the window. If there are multiple windows opened within the program, the "X" at the top right corner will close the program and the "X" beneath will close the window, but keep the program open. In the below picture, is an example of the close button.
On an Apple Mac OS operating system, the close button is represented as red button in the top-right corner of the window. As can be seen in the picture to the right the window has a red, yellow and green circle.
3. Close is also a command used to exit a program. For example, in a FTP session close can be used to exit the session. See the how to use ftp help page for information about close and other FTP commands.