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How to close a window and return to desktop?

  1. #21


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    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?
    Ah- I see, I hadn't tried that. Yah, Boom, it's closed down.

    But it leaves you still, in Metro. I don't think the mechanism exists for it to dump you into the Desktop after closing it.

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  2. #22


    I boot up a Start Orb system in anticipation to open a program. I tap the orb (or WinKey) to open the menu. I then proceed to scroll down either with the mouse pointer or arrows keys to open it. I use the program and close it out. Where's that darn Start Menu? It's closed only to start the process over.

    I think it rather handy that the Start Screen in 8 appears in anticipation that I might desire to open another program or app. And while I'm there I think it to be handy that I get to see at-a-quick-glance personal information that I've personally arranged to my liking such as the amount of emails & from whom, scrolling pics of people I care & think about, news/sports headlines, weather, time, and the like via tiles and/or live tiles that automatically update periodically.

    A far better system IMO. It takes me far more time to boot up and see all that info on my 7 side, for either I have to open an email program, a browser with a news site (or multiple ), a picture program, or have them configured to start at boot which I still wait. Or I have gadgets to do some, which delays boot.

    Windows 8, boom! Windows 7, chugga chug. Might as well watch paint dry.
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  3. #23


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Yah, that's what I do LIKE about the Metro thing, I don't even have to go to FB, it's right there.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    It works if you swipe all the way down, then in the same motion swipe up and to the left side of the screen. That'll close the metro app and bring you the next most recent app.
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  5. #25


    Posts : 2
    iOS


    press windows key on your keyboard, now click on desktop tile................
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  6. #26


    Posts : 9
    windows 8


    mdmd: thanks, changing the default program sorts my issues.
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  7. #27


    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Quote Originally Posted by Fitzdenis View Post
    mdmd: thanks, changing the default program sorts my issues.
    You're welcome.
    Don't know what happened to riotgrrrl that started the thread.
    Windows 8.1 solves her question.

    Now, we can choose to go directly to the desktop
    when closing a metro app with Alt -F4 or mouse handgrab / swipe close.

    Or switch and replace using a new feature of the edge UI (right clicking an edge thumbnail)

    From Taskbar and Navigation Properties

    Click image for larger version
    Last edited by mdmd; 12 Jan 2014 at 17:18. Reason: added mouse handgrab
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  8. #28


    Posts : 9
    windows 8


    riotgrrrl probably bought a Mac instead!
    I can't change the start screen to desktop as the navigation tab doesn't appear in properties. Can I access that setting elsewhere?
    Thanks
    Fitz
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  9. #29


    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Quote Originally Posted by Fitzdenis View Post
    riotgrrrl probably bought a Mac instead!
    I can't change the start screen to desktop as the navigation tab doesn't appear in properties. Can I access that setting elsewhere?
    Thanks - Fitz
    That new feature is part of version 8.1
    If you have 8 and have all the updates, you should be able to upgrade to 8.1 for free from the store.

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...1-preview.html
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  10. #30


    Posts : 9
    windows 8


    Yeah, thats another thing: I'm up to date with all the W8 updates but the 8.1 upgrade doesn't appear in the App Store.
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