Utilize Automator To Quickly Quit All OS X Applications
Sometimes, you need to quickly restart or shutdown your Mac, but if you have many applications open, or worse, if one of them is misbehaving and preventing the system from shutting down, you’re probably going to get very frustrated. What you might not know is that OS X has an incredibly handy (and often underutilized) application that helps you create automated workflows, and that can help you address this issue.
Today, we are going to see how easy it is to create a one-click Automator workflow to quickly quit all running OS X applications. So, to get started:
- Open Automator and click Workflow.
- In the Library column on the left side, select Utilities, and then, in the middle column, choose Quit All Applications.
- Now, in the right-side pane, you can set some options. The default behavior for this workflow is to allow applications to prompt you to save changes before they close. If you don’t want this to occur, uncheck the box that states Ask to save changes. Also, if there are certain applications you’d like to exempt from the workflow, you can add them to the Do not quit: list by clicking the Add current applications button.
- Finally, press Cmd+S to save the workflow and select a convenient place to store the file.
- To execute your workflow, simply double-click the file.
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