How To Close or Minimize All Open Windows At Once

Every time we are finished working, we need to close all the windows that were opened manually. Or what if we need to minimize them all at once? Its really frustrating to close/minimize each one of them one at a time. Let us see how to minimize or close all open windows in a single step.

Close All Explorer Windows Using Keyboard Shortcut :

For closing all the opened folders(where each sub-folder opens in a new window i.e Parent-Child), go to the last(Child) window i.e the window that was opened last. Now press and hold the “Shift” button and press the Close(X) button at the top right corner of the window. This will close all the child and parent windows.

Close All Open Windows Using CloseAll

CloseAll is a free tool that helps you close all open windows with a single mouse click.

1. Download the free tool and unzip the package anywhere on your hard drive. You do not need to install the tool.

2. Unzip the package.

  • For Win XP and Vista : Right click on the application file and select “Create a shortcut”. Copy the shortcut to your desktop and then add the same to your “Quick Launch” menu.
  • For Windows 7 : Right Click on the application file and select “Pin to Taskbar”.

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3. Now whenever you need to close all windows that are open, just hit the CloseAll shortcut created in the previous step. If you have any unsaved changes in any of the (document editing)windows you will get a prompt to save it. So there is no risk to lose any unsaved data. Still, I always recommend to save documents at a regular interval while editing except in cases it has one auto-save feature.

Minimize All Open Windows

This is also a pretty simple trick which can be done with a two button keyboard shortcut. Just press “Winkey + M” to minimize all open windows. You can also minimize all open windows by using “Winkey + D”, which is actually a keyboard shortcut for showing desktop.

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