Close All Windows

Close All Windows

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 4 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.3
  • Total Downloads:
    4,333
  • Date Added:
    August 26, 2010
  • File Size:
    35.35KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    18
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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Boss keys, also known as boss buttons, are hot keys programmed to drop all open windows in an instant, such as when the boss walks by. They've been around forever. Unfortunately, today's bosses are smart enough to look at your taskbar. Is the answer to quit goldbricking and get back to work? No! Obviously, if you have a smarter boss, you need a smarter boss key. That's why you should subcontract in-house security to NTWind's Close All Windows. It's portable freeware that closes all running applications instantly at the click of a button. It's extremely compact, uses no system resources, and needs no installation--and it leaves no traces in the Registry or file system. Close All Programs doesn't hang around, either; it opens, sends a "close" command to all running applications, and then exits.

We downloaded and extracted the Close All executable to a folder on our desktop. Since Close All is portable and only 35KB in size, you can stick it just about anywhere, create shortcuts, and place them wherever they're needed. We clicked the program's red X icon, and all our open programs closed immediately. We were ready and didn't lose anything, but it was still slightly startling to see how quickly it happened. The developers claim Close All can close 20 or more running applications; we only had a half-dozen or so open, but it certainly made quick work in terminating several large Office apps, Firefox, and a couple of other programs, including, unfortunately, our antivirus program. Not to worry; the program's Web site describes how to add an easy exclusion list to the program's shortcut: CloseAll.exe -x="explorer.exe|firefox.exe|msnmsgr.exe" and so on. This leaves open the apps you're supposed to have open and closes all the ones that will get you in trouble, and has the added advantage of being quick and easy to customize: just add executables to the exclude list as you need to.

We like Close All Windows not only because it does something useful with the absolute minimum of resources but also because it's old-school enough to feel like you're actually doing something with it, even when you're using it to avoid doing something else.

 
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User Reviews
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  • 5 stars

    "Does a good job"

    April 30, 2011   |   By tdevensteven

    Version: Close All Windows 1.3

    Pros

    works as described

    Cons

    none that I've found

    Summary

    effectively closes all running programs

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  • 4 stars

    "Love being able to close all windows with one click."

    November 16, 2010   |   By jbresn

    Version: Close All Windows 1.3

    Pros

    I open many windows at the same time. When finished, this program will close them all with just one click. Great.

    Cons

    I haven't found one.

    Summary

    Nothing I know of works as good as this program in windows 7

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  • 3 stars

    "It's OK..."

    September 08, 2010   |   By maxthedork

    Version: Close All Windows 1.3

    Pros

    It certainly closes open windows.

    Cons

    There is not an option to close running processes or items running in the notification area which I really kind of wanted.

    Summary

    I save perhaps five seconds using this utility to close my open windows before shutting down, but I'd rather that it also give the option for closing down running processes and items in the notification area. It's nice for the price, though.

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  • 5 stars

    "Does exactly what it says."

    September 05, 2010   |   By sometxdude

    Version: Close All Windows 1.3

    Pros

    Dead simple to use.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons for this utility. It does exactly what it says.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 1.3
    Version 1.3 fixes exclusions on XP.
    General
    Publisher NTWind Software
    Publisher web site http://www.ntwind.com/
    Release Date February 18, 2010
    Date Added August 26, 2010
    Version 1.3
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory System Utilities
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 35.35KB
    File Name CloseAll.zip
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 4,333
    Downloads Last Week 18
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free
     
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