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Close All Windows At Once

Scenario : You have to go somewhere and need to shutdown your PC. But there are a lot of windows open and that could take a while.

Solution : While the second fastest way to close programs directly is using task manager and killing their running process, it is not recommended cos of the chance of corruption or errors. I am sure that most of you have done this on your windows by force by pressing the shutdown button on your PC. Don’t worry, Here is a simple method…

Close All is a lightweight portable application for Windows that provides users with an option to close all program windows at once by executing it on the system.

The program has no interface. When you double-click it, it will close down all windows but it will not shut down Windows. It is therefore handy for users who close all open programs and windows manually before they shut down their system.

Actually what it does is  it only flashes a ‘close’ signal to all open applications on the desktop and then ceases and hence doesn’t use system resources. The program is offered as a 32-bit and 64-bit edition.

Also, The program supports parameters to exclude programs from closing down when the program is executed. But for you to do that, its best if you create a program shortcut and edit the shortcut properties so that you do not have to enter the parameters again and again.

Probably the best way to use it is to place a shortcut to the program on the Windows desktop, or in the case of Windows 7 users, by pinning it to the taskbar.

Right-click the program executable in Windows Explorer for that and select Send to Desktop from the context menu. This creates a shortcut on your desktop. Right-click that shortcut now and select properties from the menu.

Locate the target part of the window and add to the end of the path the following paramter


Replace app-to-exclude.exe with the application that you do not want to be closed when the shortcut is used. You can separate multiple values with “|” (pipe),

example : -x=”explorer.exe|firefox.exe|msnmsgr.exe”

Click OK to save the shortcut properties. Remember to test it before using it! There done!!!

Close All can be downloaded from the developer website at NTWind .

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