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Quickly Close Open Windows Using Shortcut Keys

Key Stroke Your Way Out


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One of the advantages of having a great operating system like Microsoft Windows is that you can have many different programs and windows open at the same time. This advantage can quickly become a disadvantage, however, when you have to close a dozen open windows - that's where using keyboard shortcuts can help.

To close all open windows, you can move your mouse around the Desktop and click the button for each window, or you can do either of the following:

Close Group

If you have many of the same type of files open, like many emails, word files, etc., you can close all of them by:

  1. Right clicking on the program name in the bottom toolbar of the Desktop
  2. Select “Close Group.” This will close all files of this type at once

Use a Quick Key Stroke Sequence - Alt, Spacebar, C

To do this:

  1. Go to the window that you would like to close
  2. Press and hold down the Alt Key, press the Spacebar, release both keys and press the letter “C.” This will cause t the window to close.

If you use your left hand to do this sequence, you’ll be able to close roughly a dozen windows in about as many seconds.

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