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Closing applications

From: Up and Running with Windows 8

Video: Closing applications

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.

Closing applications

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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Up and Running with Windows 8

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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      2m 3s
  2. 31m 6s
    1. A Windows 8 overview
      3m 53s
    2. Changing your environment
      3m 5s
    3. Customizing live tiles
      4m 14s
    4. Helpful keyboard shortcuts
      3m 41s
    5. Using gestures
      4m 18s
    6. Handwriting recognition on a tablet
      3m 7s
    7. Creating and using a picture password
      3m 25s
    8. Working with your account
      3m 0s
    9. Power options
      2m 23s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Basics of Metro applications
      3m 24s
    2. Working with a typical application
      4m 10s
    3. Updating applications
      2m 27s
    4. Browsing with Internet Explorer 10
      5m 58s
    5. Managing contacts with People
      4m 29s
    6. Configuring and using Mail
      5m 41s
    7. Connecting with Messenger
      4m 16s
    8. Staying organized with Calendar
      6m 7s
    9. Finding places with Maps
      6m 3s
    10. Getting more applications in the Windows Store
      3m 43s
    11. Purchasing applications
      2m 54s
    12. Organizing the Start screen
      2m 59s
    13. Accessing all applications
      2m 47s
    14. Running applications side by side
      3m 28s
    15. Closing applications
      2m 11s
    16. Unpinning or removing applications
      2m 4s
  4. 28m 0s
    1. Working with photos
      5m 56s
    2. Sharing photos
      3m 29s
    3. Copying videos to your computer
      3m 36s
    4. Watching movies and TV shows
      2m 23s
    5. Playing music
      4m 9s
    6. Using the Reader
      3m 59s
    7. Sharing with SkyDrive
      4m 28s
  5. 28m 13s
    1. Accessing and personalizing the desktop
      4m 55s
    2. Using desktop applications
      2m 23s
    3. Window sizing
      2m 57s
    4. Creating a desktop shortcut
      3m 8s
    5. Working with the File Explorer
      6m 11s
    6. Safely removing a device
      2m 51s
    7. Using the Recycle Bin
      3m 12s
    8. Snipping for screen captures
      2m 36s
  6. 18m 7s
    1. Changing Windows settings
      4m 20s
    2. Protecting your PC with Windows Defender
      5m 20s
    3. Adding devices
      2m 56s
    4. Printing
      2m 53s
    5. Backing up your files
      2m 38s

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