Is it too annoying to close every open app on your Mac individually? With Automator on Mac, you can create an app that will close all your running apps with one click. Here’s how.
How this works
The Automator app on Mac helps automate many of your routine tasks, including closing apps. You can create an app that quits all running apps and then pin it to the Dock.
Then you can click the custom app in the Dock with one click if you want to close all your Mac apps. Pretty easy!
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Close all running apps with a single click on the Mac
Open Automator to start creating an app that will close all running apps on Mac. Do this by pressing Command + Space to open Spotlight, type “Automator” and select “Automator” from the results.
In Automator, select File> New from the top menu bar to create a new app. You can also press Command + N.
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In the ‘Choose a type for your document’ popup that opens, select ‘Application’. Then click on “Choose” at the bottom of the popup.
Then the main Automator window opens. Select ‘Actions’ in the top left corner. Then click on the text box next to ‘Actions’ and type ‘Close all applications’.
An action called “Quit All Applications” will appear below the text box. Drag and drop this action into the gray panel on the right. This adds the action to your app.
With Automator you can now configure your newly added action. In the “Quit all applications” section on the right side of the Automator window, turn on the “Ask to save changes” option if you want your app to prompt you to save changes before closing the running apps.
Then, in the “Don’t Close” section, click “Add” to add an app that shouldn’t be closed when you start your Automator app. For example, if you want to close all your apps except your web browser, add your web browser here.
Save your app by clicking File> Save in the Automator menu bar.
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In the save prompt, click the “Save As” box and enter a name for your app. Click the “Where” drop-down menu and choose “Desktop” then click “Save” at the bottom.
Your newly built app is now available on your desktop. Double-click this app to close all running apps on your Mac.
To make this a one-click process, drag your app from your desktop and drop it into the Dock at the bottom of your Mac’s screen. Then click once on your custom app in the Dock and all running apps will close.
That’s how you delete all your open apps at once.
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