Closing An App in Windows 8

If you have been using Windows 8, you will realize that all Modern apps run in full screen mode and there doesn’t seem to have a “Close” button that you can click to close the app.

Windows 8 does a good job in managing apps. When you switch to another app, the current app will go into hibernation and the system will release it to free up memory resource if another running app requires more resource. However, if you are determined to close the app, here is how you can do so:

1. In the app, move your cursor to the top of the screen and wait until it turns into a hand.

2. Now, left click the mouse and drag the app down. The app will turn into a small thumbnail. Move it down to the bottom of the screen and release the mouse. The app will close and return you to the Start menu.


Alternatively, you can use the shortcut key “Alt + F4” to close the app.


Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.

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