It is a common fact that almost all of the users experienced or still face issues with switching between the desktop and the new tile based Modern UI called the Metro Interface. Novice users couldn’t find a way to switch from one view to the other, and there were no buttons or tools in the user interface to help with it either. To add to the pain, most apps in Windows 8 do not have a Close or X button on the top right corner which helped exit programs and applications easily earlier. Given below is a Windows 8 how to close apps guide using a mouse and keyboard.
The confusion that arises while closing an app is that your computer behaves differently based on what kind of input device you are using. If you are using a mouse and a keyboard, you would have specific features and options to go with that. And, if you choose to use the Touch based input method, you would see appropriate options to help you with navigation. To close apps when you have a keyboard or mouse connected as input devices is quite easy.
Suppose you have only the keyboard attached to the computer, you can use the traditional Ctrl + F4 shortcut that was available in almost all previous Windows operating systems. This shortcut closes the current window or dialog box and takes you to the previous screen.
However, note that not all of the modern UI apps support this shortcut. In such cases, you would have to resort to other possible methods. Moreover, not all Windows RT based computers come with the function keys. Alternatively, you can use the Ctrl + Alt + Del shortcut. However, it takes you to the desktop and hence can be time consuming.
With the help of a mouse or touchpad, you can access the actively running apps by just taking the mouse pointer to the top left corner of the screen. From the list, right click on any app and the Close command will appear. Click on this button to close the app and remove it from the list. These apps will not run in the background anymore or consume system resources.
In addition to knowing Windows 8 how to close apps, if you want to know how to resize apps, just hover the mouse over the centre of the screen and drag it to the bottom.