Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers Ways to Quickly Close Your Browser Avoid getting caught slacking off on the job By Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated February 26, 2020 Dimitri Otis / Getty Images Browsers Chrome Safari Firefox Microsoft Tweet Share Email When things are slow, you might be tempted to play a game of online Scrabble or watch a rendition of the national anthem on YouTube to pass the time. When you need to get back to work, use keyboard shortcuts to quickly hide or shut down the browser. How to Quickly Close Web Browsers on a Windows Computer Each browser uses a different keyboard shortcut: In Chrome and Edge, press Alt+F4 to close the active window.In Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Opera, press Win+M to minimize all open windows to the taskbar, or press Alt+F4 to quit the active instance of the browser. In Windows 10, the Win+D hotkey toggles the desktop. Press it to minimize all currently open apps (foreground and background) to the taskbar, and reveal the desktop. Press it again to bring those same apps back to the original positions. How to Quickly Close Web Browsers on Mac OS X and macOS For all browsers, press Cmd+H to hide all active browser windows or press Cmd+Q to quit the application. On older Mac keyboards the Command key is the Apple key. On Mac OS X, using Hide is noticeably faster than using Quit.