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Chapter 6. How to Use the Windows > Close or minimize all of the Windows

Close or minimize all of the Windows

There are a number of ways to close or minimize all windows at once.

... and other window tricks

  • To simultaneously close every window that is open on your Desktop, hold down the Option key while you click in any window’s Close button (the red one); all the windows will go away one after another!

  • In the File menu there is a command to “Close Window.” If you hold down the Option key, that command changes to “Close All.”

  • The keyboard shortcut to close a window is Command W. To close all the windows at once, press Command Option W.

  • To minimize all the windows at once, hold down the Option key and click the Minimize button (the yellow one) in the upper-left corner of any window. This also works in applications when you have more than one window open.

  • You might have the feature turned on that always opens folders in new windows (see the following page), but often the folder you want to open is buried within several folders. To prevent having too many windows open that you don’t need, hold the Option key down while you double-click to open those folders to get to your file. The windows will close up behind you as you go along.

  • When you turn off the computer, the Macintosh remembers which windows were open when you left. When you turn the computer back on, those windows will re-open in the same position in which you left them. You can take advantage of this fact and arrange your windows before you Shut Down.


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