CloseWin can close all open windows and programs in the taskbar in a single swoop. It also allows the user to create profiles for and selectively close windows/programs based on text in the window.
A friend of mine asked me if I knew of a utility that simply closes all open windows/programs at once, so of course I started looking. I found a simple free executable called “CloseAll” that can do this, but on the same page I also found a program called “CloseWin” which is a little bit more interesting in that it not just allows you to close all open windows but also to create profiles for program types to close.
Here are more notes on this program:
- Close all windows: instantly closes all open programs/windows, although if you are working on an unsaved document you will get a confirmation prompt from the app you are working with. Windows closed are those that exist in the taskbar (hidden windows/programs or those minimized into the system tray are not affected).
- Close a single profile: for example, you might notice that all Internet explorer windows have the words “Internet Explorer” within the window title. If you create a profile for that string you are able to close all Internet Explorer windows instantly, without closing other windows.
- Close all profiles: if you have a number of profiles set up you can close all of them simultaneously.
- Memory consumption: doesn’t really matter since you would only launch/open this if and when you needed (approx 3 megs).
The verdict: a nice tool to have in your toolbox for those “special occaisions” where you need it. If you want just a straight tool to close all windows without any other options check out “CloseAll” on the same page.
Version Tested: 1.1
The program page no longer exists, but you can download ver. 1.1 of the program here.