Mac Option Key tip #3: Close All Finder Windows

Our Option Key Super-Tip marathon continues with Tip #3.

Here’s the situation: you have a mess of Finder windows open, like so–

Screenshot of lots of open Finder windows
Lots of open Finder windows

Now you want to close them. So you either go to the File menu and choose “Close Window” over and over, or you click the red button at the top left of the first window over and over. The days of doing things over and over are over! All you need to do is hold the Option key when you go to the File menu and you can do close them all in one shot. See below.

File menu with and without Option key
On the left: the regular File menu. On the right: how it looks when you hold the Option key.

See? What used to be “Close Window” is now “Close All.”

Bonus: Hold the Option key and click ANY Finder window’s red close button to close them all in one click. Very nice.

Double Bonus: this Option key technique isn’t specific to the Finder. It also works in Safari, Mail, Microsoft Word (but only if you use the Option-click-the-red-button method– the Option-click-File/Close method does not work for Word), and Microsoft Excel (same restriction as for Word).

That’s three.

Read 'em all:
Mac Option Key tip #1: the WiFi Menu
Mac Option Key tip #2: the Battery Status Menu
Mac Option Key tip #3: Close All Finder Windows
Mac Option Key tip #4: Reveal a Contact's Groups
Mac Option Key tip #5: Rotate the Other Way
Mac Option Key tip #6: Option-Drag
Mac Option Key tip #7: Option-Click
Mac Option Key tip #8: Option-Empty Trash
Mac Option Key tip #9: Special Characters
Mac Option Key tip #10: One-click System Information
Mac Option Key tip #11: Delete a Messages conversation with one click
Mac Option Key tip #12: Open your Library folder

ONE MORE (on my One-Minute Macman site): How to temporarily turn off Notifications on a Mac quickly and easily

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