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Simple question: How do I go back to a previous screen?

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    Windows 8 Pro (64 bit)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tirade View Post
    I'm using 8 on a non-touch laptop. I generally like it, but the most frustrating thing to me is that I can't "go back" to a previous screen. For instance, I open an email attachment and it automatically goes into full screen viewing. When I'm done looking at the attachment, I have no idea how to go back to the previous email screen. So I have to go all the way back to the start screen, and then into my email to get to the previous page. I'm clearly doing it wrong. Help!
    Put the mouse at the very top of the screen (away from the corners) and the pointer will change into a hand. Press and hold the left mouse button and drag the screen down. The page will shrink to a smaller image at the top of the screen but when your mouse gets near the bottom of the display the image will snap down to there, Let go of your LMB and you'll be back where you came from.

    if that all sounds too complicated, just press Alt-F4 - which also closes that W8 App.

    Update: As a variation of this, if you want to dock the screen on the left or right so you can keep the app and main screen both visible at the same time, you can drag the top of the screen down until the image shrinks, then continue to drag it to the left or right border of the screen, where it'll snap onto the side of the screen where you can keep an eye on this. You can adjust the snapped/main window ratio by then dragging the border between them, but it's only a very coarse adjustment and you can only snap ONE app to the side at any one time.
    Last edited by dweebken; 11 Jan 2013 at 18:39.

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