How to quickly close a zillion open windows?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Tumbleweed666, May 25, 2009.

  1. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    #1
    Due to my fingers tripping over themselves I accidentally double clicked and opened a bunch of stuff, about 50 files in all. Annoying but doable to manually close them. However, suppose I had accidentally opened 500 or 5,000 or 50,000? Hopefully I wont ever do this , but if I did ....

    Is there a way to get back to a 'clean' screen by killing these, perhaps even 'kill everything that opened in the last 5 minutes', or is logoff or even a restart the only realistic way?
     
  2. sammich macrumors 601

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    What opened these windows? If it is all in Finder, then option-command-w will do the trick.
     
  3. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

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    Well if it's really that much of an inconvenience to you, open Terminal and type "killall Finder" without quotes and finder will restart. Otherwise cmd+W is easy too.
     
  4. Ice-Cube macrumors 6502a

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    Just hold option and click the x icon for the window. All windows belonging to the same app will close.
     

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