A One-Click Way to Close Multiple Applications—Free

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

Consider this scenario: You’ve got six applications open, and to apply a program’s upgrade or to shut down your computer for the night, you’ve got to close each of those open apps—one at a time. This means you first have to save any files that need saving and then click each one shut. It’s not a terribly difficult task, but wouldn’t it be handy if you could just click one icon that first alerts you  to which, if any, files need saving, and then, after they’re saved, it proceeds to close them all? And wouldn’t it be even better if this tool used no memory resources and you could have it free?

 

Welcome to Close All Windows.

 

To set up the program, go to tinyurl.com/2e6mqw and, just under the headline “How To Install,” click on Zip archive (see screenshot below), and then follow the screen instructions.

 

You also can customize the program to exclude certain applications from the automatic close. To create an exclusion, right-click on the shortcut you’ve created and select Properties from the context menu (see screenshot below).

 

Then go to the Shortcut tab, Target (see screenshot below) and type in -x="[app-to-exclude].exe".

 

For example, if you want to exclude two apps—Internet Explorer and Firefox—place a pipe (|) between each one, so the code next to Target looks like this:  

 

BINCloseAll.exe-x="explorer.exe|firefox.exe" .

 

Finally, click on Apply and OK.

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