One of the biggest issues for users on Windows 8 is not being able to reconcile the desktop UI and the Tile setup. Either would be able to make most people happy, but the hodgepodge of features from both is at best overwhelming. There is no shortage of confusion around rendering the most basic tasks an OS is supposed to ease up. For instance, when using Windows 8 how to close apps that are open and taking up screen space?
The previous versions all had a distinctive ‘x‘ button you could use, and it seems we all took it granted. All you had to do was click this button, and there was only one outcome to that action – the open window would close. Even if there was only one of this for the current program, then you would exit that too. Even first time users could figure that (a feature of a kind that Windows 8 sorely lacks) out pretty quickly. Simply put, there is no ‘x‘ button in many places where there should be one.
When using Windows 8 how to close apps that do not have a readily apparent close button? Keyboard users still have the ALT + F4 option open to them, using which, they can get out of the current app and return to whatever was under that. However, even this is not supported OS wide, especially in some of the modern app environments. CTRL + ALT + DEL works everywhere, but not without taking you to the desktop screen first. No one needs to be told why that is inconvenient.
With a mouse or touchpad, the pointer can be set over the screen’s left corner so you get a list of active Windows 8 apps. Clicking or tapping the close button for one of these would close the app. Another way is to take the cursor at the top center of the app screen, and wait for it to turn into an open hand icon. Then you click and drag the top of the page and continue to the bottom before letting go. This will get the app off the active list, but it would still take some time to close fully.
Touch users get the fastest way open to them for closing an app. Swipe from top to bottom on the app screen, and this will work much the same as a click-and-drag, with a similar delay in the app actually closing.