Windows 8 came with many surprises. New Windows 8 Apps are one of them. Windows 8 apps were previously known as Metro Apps. These applications are graphically rich, touch-screen-friendly and they take full screen while running (you cannot reduce application window size like desktop applications).
After opening a Windows 8 metro style application, users get confuse how to close it and they often press Windows Key or ctrl + esc keys and jump to Windows 8 Start Screen thinking that the previous application has been closed. But actually the previous application still remains open. Like this, after using some apps, there can be many metro applications, running in background.
Windows 8 can automatically kill the metro apps, which are running in background and have not used for long time. To save system resources first Windows 8 marks those unused apps as “Suspended” and kill them after some times.
Though Windows 8 is smart enough to automatically kill the unused apps, but if you have already opened several apps it would be better to close the unnecessary apps manually. Because, if you do not close the unnecessary apps, then the “App switching bar” can get congested and you may face problems in switching between different apps.
Follow the steps below to close Windows 8 Apps (Metro apps) in Windows 8.
Steps to close Windows 8 Apps
It can be done using different methods.
Close Windows 8 Apps from Apps Switching bar
In Windows 8 move your mouse cursor into the upper-left corner of your screen then swipe the cursor down to activate app switching bar. You can also take the mouse ursor into lower-left corner and then swipe it up to launch app switching bar. Now select the app that you want to close. Right-click on it and click on Close.
Close Windows 8 Apps from Task Manager
1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
2. Now, select the application you want to close. Right-click on it and select End Task option.
You can also press Alt + F4 while using an application to close it, just like the desktop style applications.