Knowing how to properly quit applications—not just closing windows—can be pretty vital. If you have lots of applications running, it can slow down your computer. This video looks at the options for completely quitting applications when you're finished with them.
- [Narrator] As we've seen before, quitting an application when you're finished is very easy, and there's usually not much to think about. But it is worth talking about briefly and pointing out some interesting variables. So first, I'm going to launch Edge, the web browser. I can do that by going into the Start menu, clicking on the tile, and of course, that launches the application. So the application is launched, and now I see this window. Naturally, when you're ready to quit the application, you'll probably just hit the X button up in the top right corner. That window goes away, and the application is quit.
It's no longer running. But let's take a closer look at that. So, I'm going to launch it again. This time I'll launch it from the taskbar. And I want you to see when an application is running, it has this little white line underneath the icon. You see, if I quit Edge, that icon is still in the taskbar because this particular application has been pinned to the taskbar. So I know that it's running when I see that white line underneath it. Now for example, if I were to minimize this window, we saw that in an earlier movie, I can click this button, now that window is not on the screen.
So how do I know the application is still running? Well, if I look at the icon down in the taskbar, it has that white line under it, so I know that there's some window, it's just been minimized. So I can always click on that, and it will bring that minimized window back. Let me quit this. And let's look at a different application. I'm going to go to the Start menu again. And this time, I'm going to launch the Weather application which is not pinned to the taskbar. I want you to see that when an application is running, it will appear in the taskbar even if it has not been pinned there, and it does have the white line below it showing me that it's running.
And if I minimize it, the icon is still there and the white line is still there. But if I quit that application, since that application has not been pinned to the taskbar, it goes away completely. Now take a look at this. I'm going to launch Edge again, and I'm going to open up another window. So I'm going to go to this menu near the top right. I'll choose New Window. And now, I have two separate windows in one application. So, I wanted to do this so that you see, when I hit the X on the top right corner of a window, technically, that does not quit the application.
What that does is it closes that window. So if I hit the X now on this window, it closes that window but there's still another window open, so the application is still running. Now if I close a window and it's the only window that's currently running in that application, then, of course, it will quit the application. And now, that white line is gone again. I also want you to see that there is a great keyboard shortcut for quitting an application. So I'm going to launch this again. And keep in mind, this keyboard shortcut does not work in every application, but it does work in a lot of them.
And that keyboard shortcut is Control + F4. On some keyboards, you may have to hold Control and Function and then hit F4 and then it quits the application. But on some, you can just hold Control and hit F4 and that's fine. Alright, let me launch this one more time. And finally, every now and then you might have a program that freezes and becomes unresponsive. Sometimes when this happens, you're not even able to quit the program. In a case like that, you may need to use Task Manager to force the application to quit.
To get to Task Manager, I'm going to point at the Start button. I'm not going to click on it normally. I'm going to do a right-click, and then you'll see Task Manager is here on that list. When you open Task Manager, it shows you a list of every application that's currently running. And if you have one that will not quit properly, you can select it here, hit End Task, and it will force that application to quit. So quitting applications is really easy and it's very important. If you leave lots of programs running, it can slow down your computer. The more applications that are running, the slower your computer can get.
So it's a good idea to quit any application that you're finished using. Plus, it just keeps things nice and clean.
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- Running Windows 10 for the first time
- Launching applications
- Interacting with windows, menus, and ribbons
- Multitasking to switch between multiple applications
- Switching to Tablet mode
- Browsing and managing files and folders with the File Explorer
- Browsing the web with Edge
- Working with email, contacts, and calendars
- Using and installing apps
- Managing display and account settings
- Searching with Cortana
- Sharing with home networks
- Backing up Windows 10
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Q. This course was updated 04/28. What topics were part of the update?
A. The following topics were part of the update: bookmarking in Edge, using extensions in Edge, working with the Mail app, editing photos, managing musics, movies, and TV shows, and connecting to another computer over a home network.