This article will introduce how to quickly close the running window using keyboard shortcuts in Windows and Mac systems. In fact, in addition to closing the current window, these methods also contain shortcut keys for minimizing the window and showing the desktop.

1. Use the keyboard to close windows on Windows

When running an application in the Windows system, you can directly close the window by left-clicking the × symbol in the upper right corner of the running window. Then, why not use the mouse to close the running window?

1. Close the window

  • Alt+F4 shortcut key closes the currently displayed run window.
    In addition, you can also press the Alt key + space bar at the same time, and then press the right up and down arrow keys to move options in the menu that appears, until the last item is selected to close (Alt + F4), and click Enter to close the current window.
  • Alt+Space+C can close the currently running window, which has the same effect as Alt+F4, but has a wider range of applications and more convenient keys, which can be easily done with one hand.
  • Press Ctrl+F4 or Ctrl+W to close the current active document, but this method is only applicable to applications that support multiple active documents, such as Word, Excel, browser, photoshop, etc.

2. Minimize the window

  • Win+↓ can minimize the current running window, in some cases need to press twice. Pressing once may shrink the window instead of minimizing it.
  • Alt+space+N can minimize the current running window.
  • Win+M can minimize all windows at once and display your desktop directly.

Tips: Win+shift+M can restore the minimized window

3. Show desktop

Win+D can display your desktop, the effect is the same as Win+M to minimize all windows. Press Win+D again to restore the minimized window to the state before Win+D.

4. Switch windows

If you want to navigate windows without a mouse, these shortcuts will work great.

  • Alt+Tab can switch windows quickly, and a small preview window will appear after pressing it. First hold down Alt, then press the Tab button repeatedly to select a window, select the window you want to display, and release the Alt key to display the selected window. (You can also press Alt after the preview window appears, and use the up, down, left, and right arrow keys to select the window)
  • Win+Tab can also switch between windows. Press and hold the Win key first, and then press the Tab key to call out the 3D window of the window. Use the left and right arrow keys to switch the selected window, and press Enter to display the selection window.

Tips: If you change your mind and don’t want to switch windows when switching between different application windows, you can press the Esc key and then release the Alt key or Win key.

  • Ctrl+Tab can switch multiple running windows under the same application, such as Word, Microsoft Edge, Photoshop, etc.

The above method uses the keyboard to close the window method for Windows XP, 7, 10, 11 systems.

2. Use keyboard to close windows on MAC

1. Close the window

  • Command+Q can close the current window and exit the running program.
  • Command+Option+ESC can force quit the running program, it is recommended to use it when the running program is stuck or not responding.
  • Command+W closes the currently running single window, but does not exit the running program. Applicable to programs that support multiple active windows, such as Pages, Photoshop.
  • Command+Option+W can close all currently running windows, leaving the initial window where the application starts, without exiting the program. This command also applies to programs that support multiple active windows, such as Pages, Photoshop.

2. Minimize the window

  • Command+M shortcut key minimizes the current window.
  • Command+Option+M can quickly minimize all windows in the current APP application, suitable for programs that can open multiple running windows.
  • Command+H can quickly hide all windows of the current APP application.
  • Command+Option+H can quickly hide all program windows except the current APP application.
  • Command+Option+M+H can quickly hide all APP application windows.

3. Show desktop

  • fn+F11 shortcut key can quickly display the desktop, and press the fn+F11 button again to return to the open interface before displaying the desktop.
  • Command+F3 key can quickly display the desktop, and the fn+F11 button can return to the open interface before displaying the desktop.

4. Switch windows

  • Command+tab can switch windows quickly, and a small preview window will appear after pressing it. First hold down Alt, then press the Tab button repeatedly to select a window, select the window you want to display, and release the Alt key to display the selected window. (You can also press and hold the Command button after the preview window appears, and use the up, down, left, and right arrow keys to select the window)

Tips: If you change your mind and don’t want to switch windows when switching between different application windows, you can press the Esc key and then release the Command key.

  • Command+~ can switch multiple active windows of the same running program. Such as Pages, Safari and other multiple windows under one application.

FAQ

How do you close a window with a laptop keyboard?

Pressing Alt+F4 or Alt+Space+C on a laptop closes the currently running window and closes the program. Press Ctrl+F4 or Ctrl+W to close a single run window that supports multiple run window programs without closing the program.

How do I close a window without alt F4?

In addition to Alt+F4, Alt+Space+C can also close the currently running window and close the program. Ctrl+F4 or Ctrl+W can also close a single window running a program.

 

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