Closing Apps In Windows 8

Windows 8 How To Close Apps

Apps In Windows 8

One of the biggest issues for users on Windows 8 is not being able to reconcile the desktop UI and the Tile setup. Either would be able to make most people happy, but the hodgepodge of features from both is at best overwhelming. There is no shortage of confusion around rendering the most basic tasks an OS is supposed to ease up. For instance, when using Windows 8 how to close apps that are open and taking up screen space?

The previous versions all had a distinctive ‘x‘ button you could use, and it seems we all took it granted. All you had to do was click this button, and there was only one outcome to that action – the open window would close. Even if there was only one of this for the current program, then you would exit that too. Even first time users could figure that (a feature of a kind that Windows 8 sorely lacks) out pretty quickly. Simply put, there is no ‘x‘ button in many places where there should be one.

When using Windows 8 how to close apps that do not have a readily apparent close button? Keyboard users still have the ALT + F4 option open to them, using which, they can get out of the current app and return to whatever was under that. However, even this is not supported OS wide, especially in some of the modern app environments. CTRL + ALT + DEL works everywhere, but not without taking you to the desktop screen first. No one needs to be told why that is inconvenient.

Windows 8 Apps

Closing Windows 8 Apps

With a mouse or touchpad, the pointer can be set over the screen’s left corner so you get a list of active Windows 8 apps. Clicking or tapping the close button for one of these would close the app. Another way is to take the cursor at the top center of the app screen, and wait for it to turn into an open hand icon. Then you click and drag the top of the page and continue to the bottom before letting go. This will get the app off the active list, but it would still take some time to close fully.

Touch users get the fastest way open to them for closing an app. Swipe from top to bottom on the app screen, and this will work much the same as a click-and-drag, with a similar delay in the app actually closing.

How To Close Apps In Windows 8 Using Mouse And Keyboard

Windows 8 How To Close Apps

Windows 8 How To Close Apps

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.

Closing Apps

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.

Apps In Windows 8

Windows 8 Apps

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.

Microsoft To Add Bluetooth Keyboard Support To Windows Phone 8.1

Windows 8 Installation

Windows Phone 8 OS Features

Microsoft has always maintained some presence in the computer hardware market, especially with their well-designed keyboards and mouse models. They see this as an extension to their already successful software business. They combined the two when they ventured into making their own tablets, and later, started making their own smartphones after acquiring Nokia.

There is no need for any Windows 8 installation, if you are buying a Microsoft Surface tablet or Microsoft Phone. The OS and all the latest versions of other Microsoft applications will come preinstalled, though this might not involve some of the premium software packages like Microsoft Office. One of the cool things about Microsoft Surface tablets is the slew of cool accessories that they are expanding further.

Recently, they added two universal keyboard models to these accessories. These are ‘universal’ keyboards, which you can connect to even non-Windows smartphones or tablets through Bluetooth. So, no need to bother about any Windows 8 installation. One of these universal keyboard models is foldable, which makes it very easy to carry.

Though there was no official announcement in this regard, the release of these universal Bluetooth keyboards makes it clear that Microsoft will be adding Bluetooth keyboard support to Windows Phone OS. It is clear that this feature will be included in the soon-to-be-released Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2. The update might not be released for Windows Phone 8, since Microsoft already expects the Windows Phone 8 users to make the free upgrade to Windows Phone 8.1.

Windows Phone 8 Users

Windows Phone Keyboard Support

This might be a frustrating wait for some users, since their carriers have to make these updates available for the particular mobile brands they are using. So, this largely depends on the smartphone model you are using. But, if you are using one of the recently released Lumia smartphones, which is manufactured by Microsoft, then you might not have to wait that long to receive these updates on your phone.

Another option is to buy a new smartphone, which will have all the latest updates including the above-mentioned Bluetooth keyboard support. At any rate, the soon-to-be-released Windows 10 Phone OS would have this feature as well as many others. But, the recently released Windows 10 Phone preview does not have the Bluetooth keyboard support.

As far as the non-Windows platforms for the universal keyboard is concerned, you can use it with any smartphone or tablet running on Android 5, iOS 7 and newer versions.

Upgrading From Windows Vista To Windows 8.1

Windows 8 Help And Support

Windows 8.1 Installation

To be able to upgrade from the Windows Vista OS to the latest Windows 8.1 OS, you need to run a clean installation. This means that all files and programs will be removed from the system. However, you will be able to install Vista programs that are compatible with Windows 8.1 later. The best part is that you do not require internet access or calling up the Windows 8 help and support desk for doing this. The process is quite simple, and is explained below.


  • Before initiating the setup, read through the minimum requirements for Windows 8 installation and check if you have the necessary hardware and software configuration. For best results, your computer requires a minimum of 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of hard disc space, and a Direct X 9 graphics card with native WDDM support.
  • To check your computer’s configuration, open the Start menu in your Windows Vista computer and access the Control Panel. Click on the icon labeled System and Maintenance. Now, click on the button labeled System to see your computer’s specifications.
  • You do not have the option to download the OS for this process; hence, you need to get a Windows 8.1 installation DVD. It has both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the OS.
  • To check if your system is 64-bit compatible, open the Control Panel and select Performance information and tools. Now, select the View and print details Under the System Type heading, determine whether your OS is 32 or 64 bit and choose it for the Windows 8.1 installation.

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  • Note down the 25-digit product key labeled on the back of the Windows 8.1 installation disc.
  • Insert the installation disc and restart the computer. Boot the computer using this installation disc.
  • Choose appropriate options when prompted to select your preferred time, language, and currency format. Click on
  • Choose Install Windows option and enter the product key when asked to. Click on I Agree and choose Custom Installation. Choose the location where you want to install the OS and click
  • Type a preferred computer name when asked to. Personalize the PC settings as required and restart the computer once done.

Windows 8 help and support desk warns that you will lose all files, programs and settings in the Windows Vista computer after the installation; hence, back up all necessary files before commencing installation of Windows 8.1.

Will Windows 10 Make Up For Windows 8?

Windows 8 Features

Windows 8 Apps

Post the not-so-impressive Windows 8, Microsoft is desperately finding a way to distance itself from the previous release. This is evident as Microsoft has skipped one number and is finally releasing Windows 10 in the mid of the year 2015. In case you want to know about the latest features included in the operating system, Microsoft has given an option to its users to download and install the preview version of the latest Windows operating system.

Read on to know more on what is available for you in the latest operating system. One of the Windows 8 features that went missing was the Start button. This has been brought back with Windows 10. The Start menu looks better in the latest operating system. The Start screen in Windows 8 was just perfect for the touch centric Windows 8. On the other hand, people using mouse and keyboard did not find the Start Screen that effective or easy to use. The Start screen that is supposed to make things easy only complicated tasks further.

Microsoft tried to incorporate the Start button in Windows 8.1 that came out a little later by trying to fix the flaws in Windows 8. But even that did not go well with the users. The Start button in Windows 8.1 did not offer much, other than taking the user back to the Start Screen. There were plenty of requests to make changes and updates to the missing Start Button. Due to which Microsoft has made decisions to bring back Start button back in action. In Windows 10, the Start menu is integrated with Live Tiles. Hence, this looks like a hybrid model of Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Releasing Windows 10

Windows 10 Features

A new feature called Continuum is included in Windows 10. This will function depending on whether or not the keyboard or mouse is connected to the computer. When the computer does not detect a keyboard or mouse, it will enable the touch functionality. On the other hand, when it is connected, it will let the user control actions with the mouse and the keyboard. This feature would be mainly helpful for devices like Lenovo’s Yoga Line and Surface tablets, as they can be used as both a laptop and a tablet.

The latest operating system is good for multi-tasking. Unlike the Windows 8 features, Windows 10 has features included that can boost your multi tasking capabilities. With the new task view feature, the system will allow users to create different desktops for different users.

How To Change Privacy Settings In Windows 8

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Now, by default, Windows 8 apps are capable of using your name, location and account picture. When we are talking of use, it means making use of your personal information for various things. In case you are not happy with that, you can easily change the option for the same. All you have to do is Press Win+I shortcut, then click on More PC Settings, and then select Privacy and then click on the relevant buttons for disabling any details you would rather not share.

Then you may access the new Task Manager window that also includes a History feature for tracking the CPU time utilized by every application. In case you are wondering what an app is doing, most of the time on a the latest Windows system, opening Task Manager and clicking then the App History tab will provide the necessary data. In case you do not wish someone doing the same to your computer, you can click on App History and then delete usage history, which will clear all the figures.

Accessing Administrative tools in the latest Windows OS

If you are an experienced Windows user, who spends a lot of time in one advanced applet or another, you might be annoyed to see the favorite tools section buried by the latest OS. The software maker has paid some attention to this, though, and there are ways to bring some of them back in such cases.

Windows 8 OS Tips

                    Windows 8 OS

First, you need to press Win+X for launching a menu with plenty of technical tools: Device Manager, Network Connections, Computer Management and others.

In case you require more power, you can open the Charms bar and then hold the Windows key down; you need to do this while you press the C key (or you can also do this by flicking your finger or moving your mouse from the right-hand side of the computer screen) and then clicking on Settings and after that Tiles. You need to change Show administrative tools to Yes and then click on an empty area of the Start screen for closing the Charms bar. After that, you need to Scroll to the right, and you will find a host of new tiles for various key applets such as Performance Monitor, Event Viewer, Task Scheduler, Resource Monitor and others.

All these are ready to be accessed with just a click of your mouse in the Windows 8 system. Contact our tech support desk for any further assistance on these steps.

Microsoft Starts To Approve Apps For Windows OS Within 5 Days Of Submission

Microsoft Windows 8

Features Of Windows 8

When Microsoft released Windows 8, it had big hopes. Microsoft released the operating system anticipating it to be a huge success. Microsoft Windows 8 came with dual interface, which was a novel idea by Microsoft. We also saw apps in an operating system for the first time. Even though Microsoft experimented a lot with this operating system, it was unable to please the Windows users.

In the process of experimenting with the features, Microsoft decided to avoid the Start button, which was a major tool in all the Microsoft operating systems. In addition to this, Microsoft designed the operating system in such a way that it loaded only to the Start screen of the operating system. Microsoft thought that the users would love their new interface. However, a large number of users hated the Start screen and did not find anything interesting there. Since the apps were designed for touch screen interfaces, it was not a pleasant experience working with them using the mouse clicks.

All the above factors made Windows 8 a flop and many users who upgraded their PCs with Windows 8 looked upon its predecessor Windows 7 to make a downgrade. After understanding the general feeling among the customers about the operating system, Microsoft decided to develop and release an updated operating system, Windows 8.1. There were many changes in Windows 8.1 from Windows 8, which were designed to attract the users to the operating system.

Windows Support

Windows 8 Upgrade

Microsoft brought back the Start button in Windows 8. The operating system also enabled users to log in to the desktop screen or the Start screen as per the likings of the user. Microsoft also made the operating system friendlier to the developers. The software giant decided that the apps developed for the operating system would be approved within 5 days once it is submitted to Microsoft. This encouraged many developers to start building apps for the program, as they no longer have to wait for many weeks for their app to be approved.

As of now, there are more than 100,000 applications in the Windows Store, which are designed to run on Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. With the new decision from Microsoft, it is expected that a large number of developers will come forward with new apps for the operating system. This will help Microsoft pose a good competition against its rivals. If you have any queries on this operating system, you may contact the Windows Support center for assistance.

What Led To The Dismal Performance Of Windows 8?

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Windows 8 Features

It has been more than two years since Windows 8 officially hit the market. However, the OS version still has not been able to charm the users like its predecessors Windows 7 and XP. One of the main reasons that led to the unanimous rejection of the operating system was that many users found it difficult to install the OS.

Several users called up Windows tech support service to know how to install Windows 8 in their systems. Among these, several users tried to enter a Windows 7 product key into the installer and hence failed in installing the OS version. Also, several users who upgraded to Windows 8 successfully found some of the advanced features too complicating. Especially, the fact that Windows 8 provided two interfaces i.e. a Start Screen and the traditional Desktop OS, didn’t go well with many users.

Also, the operating system didn’t have the Start Menu and hence some of the users found it difficult to perform even the basic functions in their systems. In short, the lack of the Start Menu and the inability to install Windows 8 were the two mains factors that led to the downfall of the Windows 8 OS in the market.

Windows 8 OS

Windows 8 Upgrade

Due to the dismal show of Windows 8, Microsoft introduced a tweaked in version of the OS in the market and named it as Windows 8.1. The main attraction of the OS was that it comprised of a Start button, which was mainly aimed at retrieving the Start Menu lovers. Moreover, the operating system also comprised of several useful apps to make it more user-friendly. But even after including such interesting options, Windows 8.1 also fell flat in impressing a large number of users who had already switched their base to Windows 7 and XP.

The termination of the mainstream support for Windows XP this year was in fact one of the last steps from Microsoft to revive the sales of the touch-centric OS versions. The company has also announced the same for Windows 7 and the OS, which runs in more than fifty percent of the total Windows computers, will lose mainstream support from the company in January 2015. Interestingly, this has contributed to a slight increase in the sales of Windows 8 and 8.1 computers as well.

Thus, with Windows 10 all set to launch this year, it can be said that the software giant is leaving no stone unturned to stamp its supremacy in the tech field once again.

Adding Start Menu To Your Windows 8 OS

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            Windows 8 OS Problems

Many Windows OS users chose to install Windows 8, when it was released back in October 2012. However, most of these users did not like the new OS, especially the user interface and went back to the old Windows OS version they had before. However, some Windows 8 users want to continue using the new OS by fixing some of its UI flaws.

Bringing back the Start Menu in Windows 8

Many of these users were under the impression that the Desktop mode available in Windows 8 will be similar to the Desktop UI in Windows 7 or Windows XP. However, Microsoft has removed all the classic Desktop elements like the Start Menu, Task Bar, Quick Launch Bar, etc in Windows 8 as part of their attempts to bring in some radical changes to the OS UI. But, if you want the old Windows 7-style Start Menu, try the following.

Upgrade to Windows 8.1

One of the options available to Windows 8 users to bring back the Start Menu is to upgrade to Windows 8.1. This OS upgrade is available to all Windows 8 users as a free update. You just need to log on to the Windows Store app and download the Windows 8.1 installer file from there.

However, with Windows 8.1, you will not get the full Start Menu. Though it became clear that majority of the Desktop users would like to see the old Start Menu back in the OS update, Microsoft chose not to do so in Windows 8.1. This was because the Metro UI is such an integral part of the new OS that such a big change in the UI would require launching a new version. Microsoft is planning to do so in the next Windows version, Windows 10.

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            Upgrade To Windows 8

In Windows 8.1, you will get a reduced version of the Start Menu with the Task Bar, the Quick Launch bar, and a few other improvements. But, this might still disappoint many desktop users.

Install a third party Windows 8 Start Menu app

Another option is to install Windows 8 app from third party developers designed to bring back the Windows 7-style Start Menu in Windows 8. Many such free and paid version Start Menu apps are available online for both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Download and install such apps in Windows 8 and you can bring back the old Start Menu in Windows 8.

You may contact our tech support personnel, if you run into any problems while installing the third party apps.

Adding Features To The Start Screen Of Windows 8

Windows 8 Features

          Features Of Windows 8

Many of the users of the Windows 8 operating system have complained about the confusing interface of the program and the missing Start button. The conventional and traditional users of the Windows operating system were not at all satisfied with the latest Windows 8 features. This has led to many complaints in the Microsoft support forums and blogs. It is true that the Metro interface of the Windows 8 operating system is confusing. Even a small task like turning off the Windows 8 computer can prove to be a difficult one. The shutdown button is hidden away and it will be difficult for a basic computer user to find out the shutdown button.

Microsoft has their explanations for the changes in the Windows 8 operating system. The Windows 8 operating system was targeted at touch enabled devices and this is the reason they introduced the Metro interface in the OS. But they failed to notice that many of the desktop computers these days do not have a touch screen monitor. This is the reason why Windows 8 operating system failed miserably to get hold of the market. Many of the users of the Windows 8 operating system do not know that they will be able to add some useful features to the Start screen of the Windows 8 operating system.

Windows 8 Computer

                 Windows 8 Start Screen

The Start screen of the Windows 8.1 operating system is populated with tiles and apps and the users will be able to find out a link to sign out, switch users or lock the computer. The users will be able to customize the appearance of the Start screen but there are not much ways to add functionalities or features to the Start screen. You need not worry as there is a third party program called as Start Screen Unlimited, which can help you to add features to the Start screen of the Windows 8 operating system. Making use of the program, the users will be able to add some useful Windows 8 features to the Start screen.

Some of the features that can be added with Start Screen Unlimited are date and time, power options, link to Control Panel and so on. This program can also enable the user to add a Google Search bar directly to the Windows 8 Start screen. If you wish to know more on making use of the Start Screen Unlimited program, you can contact the Microsoft technical support team.