I accidentally opened about 100 some folders, how to close them all at once?

Imola Ghost

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I was working with copying/pasting and don't know what I did but I had about 100 some folders selected and all of the sudden they all just started opening.

Now instead of clicking on each little folder window to close it, I thought there might be an easy way to just close them all.

Ideas?
 

iShater

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id simply hit the power button :) oh and save your work first
I would reboot
I did reboot and all of the files opened back up when it was restarted. I will try the keyboard shortcut next time.
thats why you should force it off using the power button
Didn't know that!

I would killall the Finder! lol
:eek:

I can't tell if y'all are kidding or not. :p
 

vant

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Don't reboot your computer and don't force shut it off. Thats an ignorant way of solving things. All the above keyboard shortcut choices are good.
 

Mindinversion

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Don't reboot your computer and don't force shut it off. Thats an ignorant way of solving things
No, the IGNORANT way of solving it would be to leave it on and put it in a sink full of water until it shuts itself off.

It may not be up to your haughty standards, but a force-power cycle WOULD work. . and it won't damage anything (except possibly unsaved work)
 

psingh01

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Heh, I force power off my Mac whenever it takes too long to shut down and I need to get going. I own the machine, not the other way around :D
 

andiwm2003

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Heh, I force power off my Mac whenever it takes too long to shut down and I need to get going. I own the machine, not the other way around :D
it's an apple mac. it owns you. it allows you to imagine different but it's a fact. it owns you. you gave up your freedom the day you turned it on.:cool:
 

TuffLuffJimmy

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I would reboot
thats why you should force it off using the power button
id simply hit the power button :) oh and save your work first
Heh, I force power off my Mac whenever it takes too long to shut down and I need to get going. I own the machine, not the other way around :D
God that's some terrible advice. None of those options should be considered for any problem, except in very rare circumstances.
 

psingh01

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It's not advice, but it's a machine. It doesn't need to be coddled lol I have no qualms about doing with a windows machine either. Worst case scenario is it's writing something to the hard drive when it gets powered off and you end up with corrupted files. I have backups so I'm covered though I've never had to use them.

It's just a machine, made by man. Don't be afraid of it :D