When apps are unnecessarily open, this can lead to a slower computer. You may not even notice that an app is running, because all you need to do to minimize an app is press the windows button, and you’ll return to the Windows 8 start screen. Read on to find out how to end a slow app quickly and easily.
In order to exit apps so that they aren’t running, you can simply press Alt+Tab simultaneously and hold them down, and a window will pop up with all the apps, and their icons, that are running on your PC. Or press the Windows key+Tab together and hold them down. You’ll notice that an icon list of running apps will appear on the left-hand side of your screen, similar to the ones that come up when you press Alt+tab. Move your mouse over the icons, right click, and select “close”.
You can also move your mouse to the upper left corner of the screen, where you’ll notice a small icon of the app you last opened – right click on it for the option to close it. If you start your mouse in the upper left corner and run it down the edge of the screen, you’ll notice that icons of all of your running apps will appear as well. Right clicking on any of these will give you the option to close them.
If you really miss the familiarity of the task manager, you can always press Ctrl+Shift+Esc which will bring up the Windows 8 task manager, with a new Windows 8 interface, and will allow you to shut down apps in one click, just like you did in previous versions of Windows, and will show you additional technical information about the apps running if you are seeking such information.