Sometimes when I work on my Windows PC I open a lot of different programs and several instances of individual programs. When I then need to close most of them after work, I'm left with no other option but to do so manually.
While that is not really that much of a problem, unless I have ten, twenty or more programs open that I want to terminate, it can be quite bothersome if you have to do so several times a day.
CloseAll is a free program for the Windows operating system that improves how you terminate multiple programs on your system.
Instead of having to do so manually, you simply select all open windows that you want to close, and let the program handle the rest.
It should be clear that this is only advantageous if the running and selecting is faster than the manual closing of apps on your system, and if you need to keep select windows open.
CloseAll needs to be installed on your system. It is compatible with all recent versions of the Windows operating system from Windows XP on. The installer itself is clean and does not contain any unwanted program offers.
When you run CloseAll on your system afterwards, you see a list of all open program windows. The application groups them by software program, which makes it easier to identify the different program windows.
The name of each window is displayed underneath the program group which improves identification. All windows are selected by default but you can customize the selection using check boxes.
Depending on which windows you want to close, you may want to make use of the shortcut Ctrl-D to deselect all windows, or Ctrl-I to invert the current selection.
CloseAll does not refresh the program list automatically. You can hit F5 at any time to update it, or select Edit > Refresh instead for the same effect.
The view menu offers two interesting features. You can enable the sorting of programs, which displays programs in alphabetical order, and enable small icon mode to reduce the line height of each entry so that more entries can be displayed at the same time without scrolling.
Last but not least, it is possible to disable the grouping of programs.
CloseAll can be a handy program at times, but you will have to either run it permanently on your system or place a shortcut to it in a location where you can access it quickly.
The developer is currently considering adding Windows 8 apps to the program listings so that you can close those program windows in addition to desktop windows.
A feature that I'd like to see is an option to automatically refresh the program listing in intervals, so that you do not have to do so manually every time a new window gets opened or closed on your system.
It would also be great if you could create custom groups of programs that you close regularly.
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