You are working on a Mac operating system enjoying the comfort of the best gaming chair for quite some time and have opened too many windows for the application, but finding it troublesome to close each window one by one. The final purpose may be to shut down the system or free some space and clear the disk or any troubleshooting. Here we suggest you quick ways to close all the open windows and apps, either one by one or all of them together. By quick ways, we do mean shortcuts like the Command+W shortcut on the keyboard for closing the current active window as well as other options within the Mac.
- Pressing Command+Option (or Alt)+W keys on the keyboard will close all the open windows together.
- If multiple windows are kept open for a single application, quitting that application will automatically close all the windows. This is done by pressing Command+Q. This option cannot be used if you want an app to run in the background, like music player or mail. Also, it will work in OS Finder only by using Terminal commands.
- Go to the File Menu option in the Mac application or Finder and choose ‘Close all windows’. This option is usually hidden by default and by holding down the Option key when choosing the File menu, ‘Close’ option is replaced with ‘Close All’. Remember to keep the auto-save mode turned on for applications to enable this feature to work.
- To close all the preview windows at once, go to the Preview application and the File menu, hold the option key and click on ‘Close All’.
- An easy way with the mouse is by keeping on holding the red button on the top-left corner of a window, which will close all the windows of the app. This will keep the app running, though. If you want to close the app, go to menu bar, give the app name and select ‘Quit App’. To close all the app windows on quitting the app, choose System Preferences from the menu, click General and ‘Close windows while quitting an app’.
- If you want to go for an advanced way of closing all the apps, Automator can help you. Launch Automator from Applications folder and start an application. Search for and drag the action ‘Quit All Applications’ and drop it in the space on the right hand.
You can now customize how you want to quit the apps. If you want to run any app in the background, add it in the ‘Do not Quit’ list, either by dragging and dropping into the Automator window or by selecting ‘Add Current Applications’. If you want any app to ask for saving changes before quitting, check the concerned box. Finally, go to File and ‘Save’, give the app a name and save. You can create a shortcut for this app with a customized icon on the desktop if you wish to. With this ‘Quit app’, you can close all the app windows in one click based on the custom settings saved.