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After a good session of web usage I often have 10 or more Chrome or Firefox instances open at once. Closing each browser is tedious.

Is there an orderly way to shut down all browser instances at once without killing the process?

Is shutting down the browser by killing the process unhealthy in any way? I mostly run Windows for web surfing.

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Which OS? "Killing" the process is only bad if it has unsaved data. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 18 '11 at 22:51
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Under each browser, if you go to their respective menus, eg File menu for Firefox and Customize and Control Google Chrome (the wrench icon) for Chrome, click the Exit.

It will shutdown all instances.

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Works! Firefox: File > Exit Chrome: Wrench (options) > Exit – steampowered Nov 19 '11 at 3:49

This works for all browsers, if you replace chrome.exe with the appropriate image name:

taskkill.exe /IM chrome.exe /T

or if you want to force termination:

taskkill.exe /F /IM chrome.exe /T


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+1 because it works, but it's not an orderly shutdown so I prefer @surfasb's answer since Chrome apparently allows a shutdown of all browser instances using the UI – steampowered Dec 1 '14 at 21:37

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