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I'm slowing and surely getting used to Windows 8.  It is no doubt a slow process since I still run daily on an XP machine, a Vista machine, and 3 windows 7 box.

A new quirk I found regarding Windows 8.  I never thought it was important to learn how to close a "formerly known as Metro" app (what do we call those these days?).  Then I attached a portable drive to my laptop and opened up a PDF file, and I couldn't safely remove the hard drive afterwards because I did not know how to close the PDF reader app.

I have since learned that if you want to close an app, you can try

  • Alt + F4
  • mouse over the top left corner and swipe down, right-click to close you app
  • Windows Key + TAB, right-click to close the app

All these make me wonder, how do you do this in a phone or tablet?

Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 10:26 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: Windows 8 and "Formerly known as Metro" apps, an experience with PDF app

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I could be wrong, but I think the idea is that you just don't close the app. Especially on the tablet or phone, supposedly just leaving it running does not harm.
Left by Travis on Nov 08, 2012 8:11 AM

# re: Windows 8 and "Formerly known as Metro" apps, an experience with PDF app
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Yes, Travis, that would make perfect sense for phone or tablet, and constantly attaching and removing external storage to them is silly. However, this convenience for phone/tablet is causing issue with my work laptop, which I do constantly have to switch drives. Guess it's time to invest in a USB hub, or bigger drive. :)
Left by LifeLongTechie on Nov 08, 2012 9:03 AM

# re: Windows 8 and "Formerly known as Metro" apps, an experience with PDF app
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To exit on a tablet, you can do several things:
1. From off screen, begin swiping from the top of the screen down to the bottom. This will grab the app and exit it (you can also do this on a non-touchscreen as well - something you missed in the article).

2. From off screen, swipe out and in from the left-hand side. This will bring out the app list. From here, grab an app, move your finger off the sidebar slightly and 'throw it down' to the bottom of the screen
Left by j on Nov 08, 2012 10:01 AM

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With touch or mouse, a vertical swipe from top centre of the screen all the way to the bottom. You have to cross both edges as a part of the swipe.
Left by Bevan Arps on Nov 08, 2012 12:12 PM

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