How to quickly close a zillion open windows?

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

  1. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    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


    Sep 26, 2006
    What opened these windows? If it is all in Finder, then option-command-w will do the trick.
  3. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
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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


    Jul 27, 2006
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Just hold option and click the x icon for the window. All windows belonging to the same app will close.

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