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In most cases, there's really no need to close applications that you use within Windows 8, because the resources won't be consumed as much as you might expect. But that said, in some cases, you will want to close those applications, if for no other reason than to simply remove some of the clutter when you're switching between other applications. Let's take a look at how we can close applications within Windows 8. I'll start off by launching a couple of applications. I'll launch the music application, and then I'll go back to the start screen, and I'll launch the video application. Of course, I can use the application bar over on the left-hand side, or switch between tasks, but let's assume that I want to close one or more of the applications that are currently running.
If you're using a keyboard, you can actually just press the Alt key in conjunction with the F4 key, the function 4 key, in order to close an application. So I'll go ahead and press Alt+F4, and the music application closes, for example. I'll switch then, back to the video application. And if I decide that I'd like to close this application, I can also go up toward the top of the screen, and then simply click and drag downward. Now, the same thing applies if I'm working on a touchscreen device, I can simply drag from the top of the display. And then all I need to do if I want to close the application, is drag all the way down to the bottom of the screen, and then I'll see that the application is shown down toward the bottom.
When I release the mouse, that application will be closed. So a couple of very easy ways to close applications that you're running. For the most part, you don't really need to worry too much about closing applications, but at times you may find that the additional clutter when you're switching applications can be a little bit of a challenge. And so, from time to time, you may want to close some of the applications. This relates obviously to metro-applications, those that essentially run directly within the start screen environment. Of course, for applications running on the desktop, a slightly different approach would be taken. But with time, I suspect you'll find yourself using more and more applications that work directly within the start screen environment, and so it's handy to know how to close those applications.
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