Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Launching and quitting applications, part of Up and Running with Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3.
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- Launching and quitting applications using touch controls is really simple, but it's worth going through the process and pointing out some steps that may not be so obvious. In this movie, as a matter of fact, in this whole chapter, we will not use a keyboard or mouse at all. We're gonna be using the Surface as a tablet, using only the touchscreen controls, and occasionally using the Surface Pen stylus. First, to launch an app I'm gonna go to the Start screen. So I'll just hit the Start button on the front of the Surface.
If the app that I'm looking for is on the main Start screen I can just tap it to open it up. So looking through these tiles I want to find Internet Explorer. I'll just tap it, and now Internet Explorer is running. So, everything looks fine and normal there, but I want to switch to a different application. So, I'm gonna hit the Start button to jump out of that. I'm back here on the Start screen. This time I'm gonna swipe up to get me to the list of all of the apps. And I'm looking for a specific app here.
I want to find the Calculator. So I'll locate that, I'll tap on it, and it launches that app. Now even though I'm using the Surface as a tablet, I can still access the normal PC Desktop, and we've seen that before. I'm just gonna hit the Start button and go to the Start screen, and I'm looking for the tile for the Desktop. I'll tap on that and that brings me to the Desktop. Now, in the Desktop view I can tap on one of the applications that I have pinned to the Taskbar to launch it. So I'll just open up File Explorer just by tapping on that Icon.
Or, I could hit the Start button to go to the Start screen, but this time instead of hitting the Start button on the front of the Surface I'm gonna go down to the Start button in the bottom left corner of the Desktop view. So now I'm in the Start screen. I'm gonna swipe to get to all apps, and if I go over to the list on the right side this is where I'm gonna find apps that are gonna open in the Desktop view. So, I'm gonna find WordPad. I'm gonna tap on that, and of course that opens up on the Desktop.
Okay, so launching apps is no problem. Quitting without the use of a mouse might not be so clear. Now, Desktop applications are pretty simple. You can just hit the X in the top right corner of the window. So here in WordPad I'll just hit that X and it quits that. I'm gonna quit File Explorer as well. I'll hit the X and that goes away. Now I'm gonna reopen File Explorer, and I want to look at another way to quit a Desktop app. And that is to right-click on the icon in the Taskbar.
So I can see that this app is running. I see it's in the Taskbar, and it has that little square around it that tells me that that app is running so I want to right-click on that icon. But since I'm not using a mouse, instead of right-clicking, what I can do is tap and hold on the icon, wait for this box to appear around my finger, then I'll let go. That opens up the right-click menu. So this is what I would get if I right-clicked it with a mouse. So now within this right-click menu I can just choose Close this window, and that window is closed.
I've quit that app. So next let's talk about those full screen tablet style apps. If an app is running, I'm gonna see it in the Taskbar in the Desktop view. So I can see the Internet Explorer and Calculator touch apps are visible here in the Desktop in the Taskbar. Even if it's not a Desktop application it will show up down there in the Taskbar. So, I could quit the Calculator app by doing the same thing that we just did. I can tap and hold on the icon wait for that box to appear then let go, and I get the right-click menu, and I could hit Close window.
But, I'm not gonna do that. Instead, I'm gonna tap outside of that, and that's gonna close that right-click menu. Instead, I want to look at what it takes to quit this app when the app is active. So, I can just go to that icon on the Taskbar, tap it, and now the Calculator is active again. Now, I could also go to the Start screen and go to the all apps screen, and launch it from there. Either way, whatever you're gonna do, I just want to get to a full screen touch app. So, to quit a full screen tablet style app with only touchscreen controls, here's what you can do.
I'm gonna place my finger on the top edge of the screen, and I'm just gonna move my finger down, and you'll see it changes to this floating window. And if I move all the way down to the bottom it shrinks down, and when I let go that app has been quit. So if I go back to the Desktop screen, I'm already on the Desktop here, you can see that the Calculator is no longer in the Taskbar. That's because that application has been quit. But that's not the whole story. Windows is keeping that app in active memory so that if I launch it again it will launch very quickly.
And that's really handy, but sometimes you're trying to completely quit an application to free up system memory. To do that, I'm gonna go ahead and go into an app. I already have Internet Explorer running so I'm gonna tap that icon on the Taskbar to bring Internet Explorer back to the active screen. And I'm gonna do mostly the same thing that I did a moment ago to quit. I'm gonna place my finger on the top edge. I'm gonna drag down. I'm gonna bring it all the way down to the bottom of the screen, but I'm gonna hold it there for a second.
And after a moment it will flip over. Then, I'm gonna let go. When I see that little floating window spin around like that, and then I let go, I know that the app is completely quit, and it's no longer taking up system memory. So, like I said, launching and quitting apps are both very easy, but not all of the variables are completely obvious at first glance.
Author Nick Brazzi then shows the capabilities of the Surface when used as a laptop or tablet, covering such particulars as input devices (keyboard, mouse, and pen), touch screen controls, and pinning apps to the taskbar or Start screen. He then explores the built-in apps, customization options, and security and privacy considerations.
- Using touch apps vs. desktop applications
- Shutting down and restarting the Surface Pro
- Connecting a keyboard, mouse, and display
- Using the Surface pen
- Working with Internet Explorer, OneNote, and Mail
- Using the camera
- Installing and uninstalling apps
- Customizing a Surface Pro
- Configuring Windows updates