Nothing was spared a designer’s touch with Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. For years the company had tried different ways to beef up the touch experience in Windows. By the time it settled on bringing touch to Windows PCs in a big way it was ready to throw out anything and everything that it deemed unnecessary or not user-friendly. We all know how that ended, people hated Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 was only greeted with marginal enthusiasm. Windows 8 made it difficult to close apps. Like many other issues, Windows 10 fixes this core functionality.
The problems for closing apps in Windows 8 started with the company’s approach to apps and programs in general. Microsoft bet that Windows users wouldn’t mind doing things a different way in its touch centric environment. If an app was downloaded from the Windows Store, the Start Screen was the only way to open it. To close it users needed to drag the app to the bottom of their screen with their finger or simulate the same activity with a mouse or touchpad. Windows 10 puts both apps and programs on equal footing.
Here’s how to close apps in Windows 10.
Before we begin, don’t forget to download Microsoft’s free Windows 10 update if you can. The operating system fixes so many issues and addresses nearly every concern the public brought up about Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 opening. Closing apps is just a tiny part of the features and upgrades the operating system brings. Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users can download Windows 10 directly through the Windows Update app on their notebook, desktop or tablet. Gotta Be Mobile reviewed Windows 10 earlier this year.
Windows 10 doesn’t try to shoehorn options for everyone into a single design. Instead, there’s a Tablet Mode for when users are on a touch-device and a regular mode for when they’re not. When Tablet Mode is enabled, apps go fullscreen, acting the same way they did in Windows 8.1 mostly. By default, Tablet Mode is turned off if a device doesn’t have touch.
How to Close Apps in Windows 10 with Tablet Mode
Let’s start with Tablet Mode. Closing apps in Windows 10 with Tablet Mode on is pretty easy. In fact, you do it the same way you close apps in Windows 8.1.
Place your finger at the very top of your screen. Now drag your finger to the bottom of the screen. The app should follow your finger, disappearing immediately.
The same gesture works if you have more than one app open at a time. Note that Windows 10 allows you to open and close apps and programs the same way. This touch gesture for closing apps in Windows works even if you’re in a traditional program like iTunes or Internet Explorer.
Note that tapping on the Back button in the bottom left corner of your screen only takes you to your previously opened app. It doesn’t actually close the app you have open. Tap on the Task View button to get a view of every app you have open. Drag each of those to the bottom of your screen to close them as well.
How to Close Apps in Windows 10 With A Mouse
Windows 10 treats mouse and keyboard uses with a bit of respect. Forget emulating touch gestures with a mouse or sticking the mouse pointer onto the edge of your screen to get an app. All of that is gone.
To close apps and programs in Windows 10 with a mouse and Tablet Mode off, simply look for the X in the top-right corner of each app. The app will disappear immediately and stop running after a few seconds.
Apps can also be closed from the Task View screen. Just click on the Task View button on your Task Bar beside the Search bar. Then hover your mouse pointer over the app you’d like to close. The X should glow red just above that apps right corner. You can open Task View with your keyboard too. Just hold down the Windows and Tab keys at the same time.
Good luck with Windows 10. Unless you are really set in the way things worked with Windows 8.1, the operating system should be a great update. Looking back, it seems strange that Microsoft would ever make two completely independent ways for closing applications. It didn’t remove those two different paths, but did make each more palatable for different types of user.
Again, Windows 10 is a completely free update for users who have Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Unfortunately, Windows Vista machines aren’t included in the free upgrade promotion. Microsoft says it’ll begin to charge users for Windows 10 sometime in the new year.