How to close all Mac apps using Automator


Automator is a native application that is little known and used by Mac users, although it has been around for a long time on their operating system. Introduced in 2005, at the release of macOS 10.4 Tiger, the software has countless functions and possibilities as it can – through workflows (workflows) that you develop yourself and put into production – automate whatever action you need on your machine.

Calm down, it may seem more complicated than it really is. A good example of using Automator is what we’ll see next in this tutorial: the automation of closing all open applications on your Mac instantly with one click – this can be done in simple steps through Automator.

You can also, if you want, select one or more applications or programs on your Mac to be the exception when triggering automation and remain open – like your browser, for example, or others.

Learn how to close all open applications on your Mac through Automator automation:

Step 1: open your Mac’s Automator app. It’ll be in the “Others” folder of Launchpad and your apps list, or you can search for it from Spotlight.

Step 2: in the window that will open, click to create a new document.

Step 3: select “Application”, and then click “Choose”.

Step 4: in the search field, look for “Close All Applications”.

Step 5: when located, drag the “Stop All Applications” item to the field on the right side of the window, in the area with a slightly darker gray.

Step 6: disable the “Ask me about saving changes” option. If you want to add any application or program that is an exception and does not close when activating this automation – like your browser, for example -, click on “Add”. If you don’t want to add any, skip to Step 8.

Step 7: From the list of Mac applications, select one or more programs you want not to close when triggering this automation.

Step 8: go to “File” in the menu bar, and then click “Save”.

Step 9: in the window that will open, give your automation a name and click “Save”.

Step 10: after a few seconds, automation will show up as a new app in your Mac app list, and it will also be added to Launchpad. If you prefer, change the automation icon (see how).

Step 11: drag it to your Mac’s Dock if you want easy access to your new automation.

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