Since Windows 95, it’s been widely known that to close an application you click on the X in the top right corner of the application window. Over time, the presentation of that X has changed somewhat but the functionality has remained the same.
With the introduction of full screen Metro apps in Windows 8 it does beg the question of how do you close them?
Normally, Metro apps don’t have to be closed as these are managed by Windows in the event that memory runs low. However, if you do want to close them there are a few ways to do it.
- The old shortcut of Alt + F4 will do the trick for Metro apps just as it works for regular applications.
- Put your mouse cursor in the top left corner of the screen and then drag it down along the left edge of the screen. A bar should them appear showing all of your running Metro apps. Right click on an app and click on “Close” the terminate it.
- The same as the above option but put your mouse cursor in the bottom left corner of the screen and drag it up along the left edge of the screen.
Again, you shouldn’t need to worry about managing Metro apps under Windows 8 but worth knowing just in case you need it.