I've configured OSX to force all Finder windows to open in tabs - because this really takes care of all the clutter.

The thing is, there's a shortcut to close all Finder windows, CMD+OPTION+W - and this will conveniently exit and quit all Finder windows completely.

But this does not work for a window with multiple tabs. I've searched Stackexchange and Apple Forums high and dry, and I cannot find a solution. I'd be interested in ANY WAY to achieve this, an AppleScript, a keyboard shortcut...EVEN a third-party app.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

  • Which version of OSX/MacOS are you using? CMD+OPTION+W closes all Finder windows for me in High Sierra (10.13.3), whether they have multiple tabs or not.
    – Lizzan
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 10:42
  • I'm on High Sierra 10.13.3 (17D102) Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 12:29
  • @Lizzan Just an update. I opened multiple windows with multiple tabs each. Using CMD+OPTION+W will close all windows, except for the first one if it has tabs. So every other Window that has tabs closes and quits completely. But the first original one, if it has tabs, the tabs will remain intact and unaffected. Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 14:36
  • Weird, it does every window for me. Are you running any plug-ins or extensions for Finder which might interfere?
    – Lizzan
    Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 14:38
  • @Lizzan Not at all. I'm running BetterTouchTool, Karabiner, and Bartender 3, as well as CornerClick. But nothing that interferes with Finder. Let me create a screen recording. Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 21:24

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Command + Option + W will close ALL Tabs on Finder

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