Since the makers of Zoom don't play by the rules of 99% of the programs out there, I decided to make my own BAT file that will launch Zoom and provide a way for the user to force-quit Zoom after the session is over.
I have created a Windows batch file called "Quit Zoom." It has its own installer/uninstaller and it works very simply:
- Download the installer (qz-setup.exe)
- Run qz-setup.exe
- Once installed, double-click the "Quit Zoom" icon
- A window will open that launches Zoom
- Leave the window open until you are done with your Zoom session
- After the session, click in the window and press any key
- Zoom will exit (instead of being minimized to the task bar/system tray.)
- Quit Zoom will exit
Note, this program is a simple batch file. It doesn't collect data. It doesn't write anything to your computer other than the program itself. It's not elegant, but it works. I offer it for free. you can install it on all the computers you want. If you edit the file and/or share it, whatever happens from that point on is *NOT* my responsibility.
I will try to monitor this post for questions/problems, but I'm letting you know right now that you are more than likely on your own. I built this for me to use and am sharing it with anyone that wants it until such time the people at Zoom make their program work like 99% of the other programs for Windows: The X means EXIT!
- You may still see the Zoom icon in your system tray, but the program is not running. As soon as you hover your mouse over the icon, it will disappear.
- You may need Administrator-level rights on the computer in order to install or run this batch file.
- This program invokes the "Taskkill" command in order to terminate Zoom. Access to that process may be blocked by your computer administrator.
- Terminating Zoom with this brute-force method may cause unintended consequences. Use at your own risk. Your mileage may vary.
- This batch file will *NOT* run when clicking a link in email, calendar, etc. For what it's worth, it appears that the program exists normally when closing from a linked launch. Go figure.
- You can replace your Zoom shortcut by copying the command from the batch file to replace the launch command inside the program's shortcut. I am not providing the steps to do that here.