Close All Finder Windows Menu Bar

Have you ever had a ton of Finder windows open and took the time to close each window one-by-one? I think some people get into the habit of doing this simply because Command (⌘)+Q doesn’t work with Finder. You can’t “quit” the Finder app, so that popular shortcut for closing apps won’t work.

That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be relegated to the tedious effort required to manually close a bunch of Finder windows. Instead of individually closing out of each window that you have open, there’s a simple way to quickly close all open Finder windows.

Closing all Finder windows at once

Step 1: Open Finder.

Step 2: Hold the Option key while clicking the File menu.

Step 3: Click Close All.

This will close all Finder windows in one fell swoop. Actually, the Close All command works with pretty much any app, but it’s especially useful for Finder since you can’t actually quit the Finder like you can with other apps.

If you’d prefer to avoid the menu bar, you can just use this keyboard shortcut instead:

Option (⌥)+Command (⌘)+W

Do you use this shortcut to quickly close out of the Finder windows on your Mac? Share your thoughts down below.

  • 9to5Slavery

    Awesome

  • Bugs Bunnay

    i’d just pull the plug.

  • Mo

    You can also Hold Down the Option Key and just click the x button on the window to close them all. This has been a feature of the mac even before Mac OS X

  • kokeropie

    It’s more like hide Finder instead of close all windows. For example if you have 2 windows in Finder while using Command+W, you do it twice but when open the Finder, you have 1 window. When doing Option+Command+W, you close all windows in one command, but when you open Finder, you still get 2 windows exactly the same as you last close.

    Anyway, great tips nonetheless 🙂

    • Willy Wonka

      I hit Option+Command+W by accident and as a result lost like 30+ windows i had open and was working with. Is there anyway to undo this? It’s too easy to do this by mistake. If you’re thumb is slightly too far over to the right, then Bam they’re all gone!