Automator: How to quickly close all running applications on macOS

Many have heard about the utility, such as Automator, but not everyone knows about its real capabilities. At first glance, the program is quite complex to learn, but understand, you can see that the control is pretty intuitive and clear. In the example of this article we will explain how to create a process that will automatically quit all open system applications.

Unlike Windows, app on macOS in most cases is not completed by pressing on “cross”. Each program must be closed using the menu or the Dock, or using the key combination Command + Q. When you often have to perform this procedure, it can take a lot of time. Fortunately, there are simple and succinct solution to this problem. With a simple script “Automator” we can shut down all programs just in one click. What will it take?

  • The first thing you need to launch the application “Automator” in any convenient way.
  • In the opened window select the document type “Program”.

  • Select “Library”. In the adjacent column we find “Terminate all programs” and add in the right part of the application.

  • Optionally, you can specify a list of exceptions that will not be completed when you activate the script. To do this, select the option “Add”
  • Left to go to the menu bar, give the name of our little utility and keep it on the desktop or in any other place.

You’re done! Now when you run our script, all programs will be automatically unloaded from memory. If necessary, this utility can be moved to “Applications” or placed in the Dock.

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