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Quit All Running Mac Applications with One Keystroke

automatorTo quit all open applications on a Mac, you can close each application one at a time. But there’s an easier way.  You can create a workflow in Automator that quits all of your running (open) applications with one click.

You don’t need any programming background.  Here’s how it’s done:

Open “Automator” (found in Applications)
Choose “Application”

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  1. Type “Quit All Applications” in the search box.
  2. Drag and drop the “Quit All Applications” icon to the right window
  3. Click Run in the upper right hand corner

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Save the workflow to your desktop. Name it  “Quit Everything”.  An icon will be created.  Drag the "Quit Everything" icon to your dock.

When you want to quit all applications, click once on the Finder, then on the Quit Everything icon in your dock.
If you forget to click on the Finder, the most recent application will stay open.