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Having 30 or 40 windows of different folders open, is there any way to close all of them at once? I tried to relunch Finder, and I was happy for a second having no open window anymore, but it reopened all the folder windows again :-)

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Yes, you can use the shortcut ⌥ option + ⌘ command + W.

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Brilliant way, thank you – Ali Dec 11 '12 at 8:19
Holding down Option while clicking the close button also works – waldrumpus Dec 11 '12 at 12:51
as an apple fanboy, you might automatically know the meaning of the hieroglyphics that describe the shortcut, but it might be helpful to mention the words option and command, for those who have not carved those symbols into their macbook. the command symbol was there, but the option one is not. "knowing" a symbol means something is all well and good, but the average user just looks at the keyboard and goes "duh? dont' see that key" – unsynchronized Jun 16 '14 at 1:44

A sidenote on this: Often such commands are not visible in the main menu if you just click it. However, if you press ⌥ while the menu is open, then the menu will change to view the alternate feature.

Another example:

File > Get Info ⌘I

File menu without modifier keys pressed

will turn into File > Show Inspector ⌥⌘I

File menu with ⌥ key pressed

once you press ⌥. As you can see in this image, Close Window ⌘W turns into Close All Windows ⌥⌘W as well.

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Great comment! Thanks – Ali Dec 11 '12 at 14:32

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