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How to close a window and return to desktop?

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by riotgrrrl
    a little red x in the corner
    Hmmm???? I've always noted it to be a white x in the corner.

    Anyways, I concur with the majority. The solution...

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8 Pro w/ Media Center 64bit


    The easiest way I've found to close metro apps/programs quickly (aside from ALT+F4) is to drag the mouse to the top of the screen where the metro app is opened until the cursor turns into a little hand icon. Then you hold the left mouse button down and drag it to the bottom of the screen until the grabbed window becomes smaller and greyed out and that indicates that the app/program will close.

    Becomes a very quick motion on the desktop if you don't like having excess metro apps/programs running in the background.
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  3. #13


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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Quote Originally Posted by riotgrrrl View Post
    Once something opens, even from desktop, it doesn't have a little red x in the corner and there doesn't seem to be a way to close it and return to where I was before. I can only either hit the windows button and go back to the page with all the apps, or swipe it down and do the same. But say I'm on desktop, I've got the internet open and I open up my pictures and double click a picture to see it larger- it then fills the whole screen and there's no way to go back to my desktop and what I was doing by just CLOSING it, rather I have to go back to the app page and then click on desktop. Is there a way round this?
    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    The offers and suggestions are, I am sure, welcome. But, as whs reminds, the OP wants a way to automatically be returned to the desktop, after closing a modern App. I don't think he has a particular problem with the photo app, either. He just used that as one app example. As a modern menu user, I am trying to achieve the opposite. I want a way to always return to the modern screen automatically - whatever I close.
    I could be wrong but I think riotgrrrl is a she. Yes, she suggested that she was taken away from the desktop to an immersive photo app by clicking a link to a pic. If she was on the internet and clicked a pic that opened with Windows Photo Viewer, she would not be taken to an immersive app and none of these issues would exist.

    There is no way to automatically be returned to the desktop from an immersive app.
    The default is always the start screen by design from an immersive app.
    The same with the desktop, closing on the desk will stay on the desk.
    She asked about a way to close an immersive app that has no close button.
    Like she said, she can swipe down, but that goes to the start screen. The only solutions are the ones offered.
    Which is why the Windows Photo Viewer would be better if one wants to stay on the desktop.
    Last edited by mdmd; 12 Apr 2013 at 15:43. Reason: riotgrrrl said thanks
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  4. #14


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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Quote Originally Posted by Seleen View Post
    The easiest way I've found to close metro apps/programs quickly (aside from ALT+F4) is to drag the mouse to the top of the screen where the metro app is opened until the cursor turns into a little hand icon. Then you hold the left mouse button down and drag it to the bottom of the screen until the grabbed window becomes smaller and greyed out and that indicates that the app/program will close.

    Becomes a very quick motion on the desktop if you don't like having excess metro apps/programs running in the background.
    Yes. Swiping down from the top is a really easy way to close an immersive app, cough, cough... including the desktop app. (still running, only paged to memory)

    It is a lot faster and easier than finding the little X marks the spot to close.
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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    ....As a modern menu user, I am trying to achieve the opposite. I want a way to always return to the modern screen automatically - whatever I close.
    Not automatic, not what you want davehc, but another way, besides all the others, to return to the start screen from the desktop is to swipe down or drag down the desktop from the top of the screen when you see a hand.

    Even if there are programs running on the desktop,
    they are paged to memory and returned as they were by restarting the desktop app.

    I just swiped down to close the desktop (so to speak), with excel, notepad, task manager, and paint running.
    They were all returned as they were before. (by Win + D) or other...
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  6. #16


    Thanks for the effort, mdmd. I am familiar with the various shortcuts back to the apps. (windows key for me - one finger!) It seems that, for the moment, there is no way to be returned to the modern start.
    I a sense, it is no different, even shorter, than legacy OSs. There it was necessary to go through the start orb and program list. Now, at least, it is one click.
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  7. #17


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    Windows 8


    Thank you for all the help, guys
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  8. #18


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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Oh, I see. I don't think Windows 8 can do that. That would be nice. But ya can't just "close" a Tile app. No "X" - You can only slide it around, or move to another tile. When you are in Metro, you stay in Metro. No mechanism to close a tile app and go back to Desktop. Of course, you can slide a tile left or right and open either another tile or the desktop, that's about it.
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  9. #19


    I am not sure which post you are referring to, XweApopnX, but you most certainly can close an app! Read the posts! A single swipe from the top and it is gone. - Or did I misunderstand your post?
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  10. #20


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    I also would like to be able to close an app and return right where I left off on the desktop. I haven't figured out how to do this with most apps, but the photo viewer has a small white cross in the bottom right corner. When that is clicked I return right where I left off on the desktop before I clicked on the photo.
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