If you’re like me, you must be using multiple tabs and apps on your Mac at the same time. However, this can clutter up the system environment, making it difficult to change the application to suit its requirements.

So, in this article, I will guide you on how to close all apps on Mac.

How to quickly close an app on Mac

If you are running multiple applications at the same time and need to build a system without garbage, it is reasonable to minimize or close an application once it has achieved its purpose.

The easiest way is to click the close (X) button on the status bar of the app.

Close the application on Mac, and click the close button (X).

Other than that, there are three other methods that you can use and I have listed them below:

Use keyboard shortcuts

The quickest way to close a specific Mac app is to use the keyboard shortcut (⌘) + Q. This combination will kill the app instantly and without issues.

However, if you just want to minimize the app, you can use this shortcut: option (⌥) + cmd + W.

This practice will reduce the app’s impact on your battery and your Mac will last significantly longer.

  1. Make sure the app is your main interface.
  2. Select the application name from the menu bar.
  3. Click Exit. [app name].

    Using a keyboard shortcut, click on

This process will close the application.

from the dock

On a Mac, another easy way to close an app is to use the dock.

If you have an app icon in the Dock, you can right-click on the app icon → select Exit.

Using a keyboard shortcut, in the dock, right-click the application icon, and select Exit.

How to force quit apps on a Mac

Closing all open apps and tabs on Mac is a simple task that can be done in several ways. Here are the most frequently used methods to completely close all apps without having to close each one individually.

Use keyboard shortcuts

  1. Use cmd + option (alt) + esc to bring up the Force Quit Apps dialog.
  2. Then use cmd (⌘) + A to select all applications → press Enter to close all open applications at the same time.
  3. Select Force Quit when prompted to close all applications.

This is the most direct way to get the desired result in three clicks.

  1. Click on the Apple logo () in the upper left corner.
  2. Select Force Out.

    Force close all applications on your Mac, in the menu bar, with the Apple logo, select Force Quit.

  3. Select all active applications using cmd + A → click Force Quit.

    Select all active applications with cmd + A, and press Force Quit

  4. Click Force Quit again to confirm your choice.

    Click Force Quit again to confirm your choice.

Here you can either close a single app or all apps completely.

From the application switcher

With an app switcher, you cannot close all apps at once. However, it is possible to close each application one by one.

  1. Hold the cmd (⌘) key and press the Tab key to open the app switcher.
    Keep your finger on the cmd key.
  2. Now use the Tab key to navigate to the application you want to close.
  3. Then press Q to close this app.
    Alternatively, you can hold Q to close all apps.

The switch provides more flexibility when closing applications. This allows you to get an overview and make the right decision.


Q: What does closing background apps mean?

Closing background apps means closing all unused apps. This results in a longer, more consistent Mac battery life.

Q: How do I close background apps on a Mac?

Press option + cmd + H after making sure that the app you want to use is available. This will disable all background programs at the same time.

Q: Do all apps close when you turn off your Mac?

Shutting down your Mac without closing apps is like flipping the lid off a tin can. After restarting your Mac, you will be prompted with the same apps that you left open earlier.

last words…

The process of closing all open windows or tabs on a Mac is not that difficult once you know how. Also, if the app crashes or crashes, you can use the above methods to close it. So, I suggest looking into these simple solutions for non-serious problems like this.

I hope this article is very useful to you. If you want me to talk about other similar solutions, let me know in the comments.

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