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How to Close All Mac Apps in macOS Ventura

 Close All Mac Apps

If you are a Mac user, surely you have noticed that sometimes you find yourself with many applications open on your screen, which can slow down the performance of your computer. Closing every single app manually can be a tedious and inefficient task. 


In this guide, we will show you how to close all apps at once in macOS Ventura. By following the steps that we will show you, you will be able to free up the memory of your Mac, thus improving its performance and user experience.

Introduction on how to close all Mac Apps

A free solution to close all apps at once is the App Bunch, which allows you to create a list of all the apps you want to close and open with a single click. If you don’t want to download a third-party app, you can still use Apple’s app switcher to close apps. 

To quickly switch between apps, you can hold down the Command key and tap the Tab key repeatedly. This way, you will switch between the various apps and you can close the one you want by pressing the Q key when it is highlighted.

Remember that it’s important to regularly close apps you’re not using to keep your Mac in good shape and improve system performance.

How to create a shortcut to close all apps

Creating a shortcut to close all apps at once on your Mac is quick and easy. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Open the “ Shortcuts ” application on your Mac
  2. Click on the “ + ” icon at the top right to create a new link
  3. In the search bar on the right side of the screen, type “ Sign Out ”
  4. Select “ Exit App ” under the “ Scripting ” section from the search results
  5. When the action is added, select “ Apps ” from the action prompt
  6. Select “ All Apps ” from the drop-down menu
  7. Choose whether you want some apps to stay open when you close others by clicking on the “ Accept ” text of the link
  8. Give your shortcut a name and choose an icon to identify it
  9. Close the shortcut by clicking on the red traffic icon.

This way, you will have a quick and convenient shortcut to close all apps at once on your Mac. While executing the shortcut, all apps close instantly, but if there are any unsaved documents, the app icon it will bounce in the Dock and the shortcut will continue to work. It is important to know that there is no going back once the shortcut is activated.

All apps will close, except those with unsaved documents, including background programs. To avoid accidentally closing apps with unsaved documents, you can adjust the shortcut to include a message asking if you’re sure you want to run it. To do this, look for the “ Ask for input ” option under the Scripting section when creating the link.

To make the execution of a function easier and more immediate, you can add a shortcut to the Dock. To do this, just click with two fingers on the desired shortcut in the Shortcuts section, and select the “ Add to Dock ” option. In this way, you will have faster and more direct access to the selected function.

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