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How to Close All Windows With One Click

Here’s a tip for Windows users who find themselves overwhelmed with open programs cluttering the screen.

One way is to minimize them all by hitting the Windows key and D at the same time.

Minimize is the opposite of maximize: a maximized window fills your screen so a minimized one takes up as little space as possible. In Windows that usually means reducing it to a little rectangle on the bar at the bottom of your screen.

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Just to confuse you further, some programs don’t minimize like that, they instead appear as icons in the system tray, which is the little rectangle on the bottom right hand corner of your screen.

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That’s one way to clear up your screen, but the programs are still running, meaning they’re hogging memory and will still need to be closed at some point.

So here’s a small, free program which will close—not just minimize–all your windows in one go.

It’s called CloseAll, it is the brainchild of Alexander Avdonin, and it can be found here: http://is.gd/6o0i

So first, download the program.

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It’s a small file, but is saved in zip (compressed format) so you need to unzip it first.

Usually it’s enough to double click the file once it’s downloaded.

Then click on the Extract all files link to the left of the window.

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Follow the extract wizard and, when you’re prompted for a folder, type in C:\CloseAll\ . (Don’t include the period.)

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When the extraction is complete, click the Show extracted files box and click the Finish button.

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You’re pretty much done, but to make things easier, click on the red cross icon that says CloseAll.exe

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and, with the mouse button still depressed, drag it to the Start menu button on the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.

You should see the Start menu itself pop up. With your mouse button still depressed, move the cursor to some point on the Start menu and release it.

You should now see the CloseAll program, with the red cross icon, on your Start menu.

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Now click on the CloseAll icon and all your open windows will close—prompting you, if necessary, to save any unsaved work.

One word of warning: Not all programs like to be closed in this way, so experiment a few times.

But this tool can be a life-saver if you feel your day is getting out of control, or you’re trying to save battery power, or you just want to free up some memory.

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