Command + option + W is not working!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by banzeen, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. banzeen macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    Hey, I have problems closing other windows running on background. I tried to use cmd+option+w but it doesn't work. I really find this command useful when having several firefox pop-up windows open. Does someone knows what might be the problem? I'm using mac os x 10.6.4 on a macbook pro.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Option-Command-W closes all windows of an app, not the other windows.

    Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts
  3. banzeen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
    I know that and I always search before posting. So tell me why I can't close other Firefox windows??? I hear an "error sound" when I do cmd+option+w.
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
  5. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    An application in the background doesn't have keyboard focus. Therefore, no keystrokes can be used to trigger actions.

    Modifier keys, however, can be detected by backgrounded apps. So if you click the red circle widget (Close Window) while Option is held down, then even a backgrounded app will close all windows without coming to the front. I tried this in several standard Mac apps (Finder, TextEdit, Terminal, etc.) and it works in all of them. If it doesn't work in Firefox, then file a bug against Firefox.

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