For example, you can close "Dashboard" widgets while holding down the option key. I can’t find a way to close windows and/or exit an application directly from Mission Control. Though I'm looking for a keyboard shortcut or builtin solution ideally, Third Party solutions are acceptable so long as the application is simple and non-intrusive.

Here’s a screenshot if it’s still unclear what I’m asking.

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Running macOS Sierra [originally asked Running El Capitan.]

Note: I see now that a similar question exists, but it’s five years old and still unanswered - hoping there’s a better solution out there…

  • I know it's not the best but a way to do this is explained here : apple.stackexchange.com/a/25672/201567 Since I was already using BTT it's good to me. – AnthoPak Mar 2 '17 at 22:46
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    @AnthoninC. Thanks. Feel free to expound a bit and submit this as an answer. – njboot Mar 4 '17 at 0:36
  • We cannot close the app from mission control, dock, etc. It is silly that we have no way to natively close a window without re-opening it apple.stackexchange.com/questions/364551/… – firstpostcommenter Jul 22 '19 at 12:36
  • Has anything changed with Catalina? Any native way maybe? – orschiro May 15 '20 at 12:45

You can use do this by using Better Touch Tool as suggested by Anthonin C's comment. However, if you have a trackpad or touchpad, you may find that using a gesture instead of a keyboard shortcut avoids the problems outlined in the question linked to by Anthonin C. If this is something that interests you, then you would:

  1. Install BTT
  2. Add a new global gesture
  3. Set up a Touchpad Gesture (such as a 3 finger click)
  4. Set the Predefined Action as Close window below cursor

This will then work from Mission control.

Closing apps

By the way, if you're wanting to close an App rather than just a window, you can also do this via the heads-up display. More specifically:

  1. Press commandtab to open the heads-up display
  2. Keep holding the command key once when you see the heads-up display
  3. Cycle through the apps by pressing the tab key or the ~ key
  4. Once the app you want to quit is selected, press the Q key to quit the app

NOTE: - You could also use the heads up display to quickly navigate to an App and, once there, use the command+W keyboard shortcut to close the window. However, if you have multiple windows open you could inadvertently close the wrong window.

UPDATE re Better Touch Tool

The developer of this app has set up a new site for its distribution. Legacy versions of his apps (released before February 2018) can still be used for free.

  • Please add an source. I think this looks dangerously similar to this post – hrdy Mar 9 '17 at 19:00
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    @hrdy Thanks for pointing out the MacRumors post. I agree, both our answers are very similar. However, using BTT to achieve this functionality is the only way I'm aware of to do this, and it's been the workaround for many years (since OS X Lion was introduced in 2011 I think, maybe earlier), so I certainly don't claim to have come up with this approach first. In fact, I note the MacRumors post is from 2012, so it could be my original source. :) – Monomeeth Mar 9 '17 at 20:51
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    @hrdy Regardless, I'm happy for the OP to give Anthonin C the bounty as they mentioned BTT in their comment first. I just wanted to expand on it in case they never offered an explanation on how to do it using BTT and because I wanted to make sure the OP was aware of the heads up display. :) – Monomeeth Mar 9 '17 at 20:51
  • @Monomeeth Though I'm well aware of much of the information mentioned, the point of the reward system is to provide incentive, albeit somewhat trivial, to create a meaningful Q&A exchange in order to benefit the community as a whole . With that in mind, who mentioned what first in a comment is really not relevant IMO; the only basis upon which any OP should judge the merits of an answer is on how well it answers the question. While Anthonin gave a good answer, this one is substantively better. That said, I thank you both for taking the time to give one! Cheers. – njboot Mar 10 '17 at 7:28
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    @CedricZoppolo Thanks for alerting me. I've updated my answer. – Monomeeth Jun 29 '20 at 23:31

As I've suggested in my comment, using Better Touch Tool is, according to me, the only way to achieve this. What you have to do after installing Better Touch Tool is :

  • Go in Trackpad sections (or Keyboard if you don't have Trackpad)
  • In the left sidebar select Global
  • Click Add a new gesture
  • Select a gesture (I personally use 3 Fingers Swipe down)
  • In Predefined Actions, search for Close Window Below Cursor (Works in Mission Control)

You're set !

NOTE : Even if the window is successfully closed in Mission Control, it still maintains the outline for the app

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