Mountain Lion Tip: Closing All Open Windows in Preview At Once

review is the default application on Mac OS X for viewing and working with PDFs and image files.

In Mountain Lion, it is possible to restore all open windows when an application (including Preview) is re-open. Although, this setting can be turned on/off in the system preferences, you may still be bothered by a lot of open windows as each new file is opened in a new window by Preview.  Here is a quick tip to close all these open windows at once.

In Preview,  click the menu item ‘File’ and press the ‘option’ key on your keyboard. Select the option ‘Close All’ to close all open windows in Preview with one click!


Just wondering why Apple didn’t provide this quite important option in the standard File menu!  Why the need of holding down any special key to perform some basic task?!


Mariam Yusuf

Mariam Yusuf - An avid technology enthusiast who had been on a long voyage of discovering, deciphering and discarding technologies as they appear, mature and go into oblivion. Played with the internet in it's heydays (early 90's), chanted Java's mantra of WORA in the mid 90's, toyed with AI, fuzzy logic, image processing, sensor networks and web technologies; taught for some time and now writes about technology. She can be reached on Google+

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2 Responses

  1. Mike Allton says:

    Thanks a lot Mariam! I’m relatively new to Mac OS and have certainly noticed this issue, and appreciate the tip!