How to Close All Windows in a Mac Application

  Matt Cone       September 9, 2021      Tutorials Mac Apps


When you’re working in the Finder or a Mac application, the open windows can start to pile up. The Preview application is my personal favorite. When working on Macinstruct or taking screenshots for documentation, I can easily end the day with hundreds of windows open in the Preview application.

Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy way to close all of the windows in Mac application at once, without having to close each window one by one. This guide shows you how to do it.

Closing All Windows Using a Keyboard Shortcut

To close all windows in an application on your Mac, press the Command, Option, and W keys, as shown below.

Close all windows on Mac

Closing All Windows Using a Menu Item

If you don’t want to use the keyboard shortcut, you can also use a menu item to close all windows on your Mac. Here’s how to close all windows in a Mac application using a menu item:

  1. Hold down the Option key on your keyboard.

  2. From the File menu, select Close All, as shown below.

    Close all windows on Mac

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