How To Completely Close (Kill) Metro Apps In Windows 8 [Tip]

When Windows 8 Consumers Preview was released, reaction was somewhat mixed from users and tech pundits alike. Much has been changed from past Windows versions and the software giant wants to merge both tablets and desktop UI into one single package. Since its a hybrid OS, desktop users doesn’t seem to look any happy. Along with revamped UI, unified desktop/tablet usage, and other enhancements, there are many features that have been either reworked, or removed for good. One of these features that is reworked, is application handling. Unlike previous versions of Windows, Windows 8 handles running applications in a different way. As you know that Windows 8 is optimized for both PCs and tablets, and features metro style applications, which run in the Metro UI environment. The metro applications behave similar to that of Android/iOS apps (well, that’s the closest example i can think of). For instance, when you move to home screen (i.e. the Metro Start Screen) while using a metro app, the OS suspends the application to conserve CPU resources for other apps. Even though this reduces the load time of metro apps, suspended applications (apps running in the background) do consume memory resources, which can be serious problem if you don’t have enough memory at your disposal. In this post, we will show you a few ways to properly quit Metro apps.

There are 4 different ways to close/shutdown the Metro apps that Windows 8 provides you with. The first method involves the use of Switch List that contains all the running metro applications. Its fairly easy, to close an app from the Switch List, right click the app and select Close to shut down the app.

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Next up, is using the task manager, you can easily quit the metro applications. It shows you all the currently running Metro apps in the Task Manager. Just Right click the running app and select End Task to close it.


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The above mentioned methods let you close the Metro apps from outside the application interface. However, if you want to close the app without having to open Task Manager or access the Switch List, you can grab the App window from the top end and drag it all the way down to the bottom of the screen. This will immediately close the metro style application. You can also close any running metro style app using the Alt+F4 hotkey combination.

Do let us know in the comments whether the post was useful.

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  • greatsouthbay

    THANK YOU! Finally, a convenient way to kill these apps. I guess the X decoration was too obvious. :-)

  • HateWin8

    It’s Windows 8 that needs to be killed.

    • The Set Straighter

      This is a well known way to kill apps. Just to show 1 photo is a bit pathetic because of other’s many. And to ‘HateWin8′ Windows 8 is a very exceptional platform. Many people like the design that most Developers design them with, such as HP and Acer. The Metro theme is a very handy and sturdy build. The actual point of having the Start Screen ‘and’ the original home is amazing.
      P.S. HateWin8 Change your name. You look like a huge dick-worm

  • traffic

    Says nothing about how to do this on a tablet