Quickly Quit All Running Mac Applications With This Automator Action

Mac: When you have several applications running on your Mac, your system can slow down over time. It also makes it more of a hassle to quickly restart or shutdown your Mac. This Automator workflow gives you a one-click quit option for all running apps, with the option to keep select applications open.

Like other Automator workflows and tricks, this one is easy to set up:

  1. After opening Automator, select “Workflow”.
  2. In the Library column, choose Utilities, then “Quit All Applications”.

By default, this workflow will allow apps to prompt you to save changes if you have an unsaved Word or Photoshop file open, for example. You can deselect that option.

If you want to keep certain applications open, just hit the “Add current applications” button.

Hit Cmd+S to save the workflow, which you can save to your desktop or pin to the dock for easy access to this handy action.

For more ways to put “Otto” the Automator to work for you, see Make Tech Easier’s article or our previous guide to automating just about anything on your Mac.

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