Quitting an app is quite simple on Mac, yet quitting several apps will also require you to take several clicks. Have you thought of taking one click to quickly close all running apps on your Mac computer? The built-in Automator app can do that for you.
Rather than closing all the open apps one by one, you can utilize the Automator tool to create a one-click solution for this issue. In this post we will guide you to create a workflow in Automator so that you can shut down running apps instantly on macOS.
In the Automator interface, there are many variables and actions listed on the left that you can choose from and combine selected items into a specific workflow on the right. Now, here are the detailed steps you can follow to set up a quit-all app in Automator:
After performing these steps, you can head to the Applications folder in Finder, and drag and drop the app you just saved to the Dock for easy access. Every time you click to launch the app on the Dock, all running apps will respond in accordance with how you configure the options in the Automator workflow: apps with unsaved data will ask if you want to save the changes if you checked the box, and apps you added to the list will remain open, while other running apps will be closed instantly.
Note that Finder always runs even you choose to quit all running apps in the workflow. Besides, if you don’t want to save the Automator workflow as an app, you can also make it as a service that can be accessible through a unique keyboard shortcut (we will update this part later).
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