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can not close open window panes uggggh

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    can not close open window panes uggggh


    ok when a window is open and an attachment (to view pictures) or any additional window is open, i can not close the window "pane" i go to the upper left hand corner and try to drag it to the bottom but sometimes that wont work, another one was when the calulator was open i can not find how to close it if i opened it while having another window open this is very frustrating

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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Are you talking about Metro tiles, or Desktop windows?
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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Try ALT+F4. That always closes the last window opened.
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    Posts : 13
    8.1


    hmmmm well i would need to know the difference between metro tiles and desktop windows
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    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello mrelmo,

    See if the methods in the tutorial below allow you to close them. If so, then they are the modern UI (aka: metro) screens.

    Apps - Close in Windows 8
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrelmo View Post
    hmmmm well i would need to know the difference between metro tiles and desktop windows
    It's easy, Metro aka Modern UI is the screen with a bunch of ugly squares and desktop pretty picture without them. Since you mentioned Left tp corner for closing program, I guess you are talking about Metro App.
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    Posts : 13
    8.1


    i thought that each new version was to make things easier and quicker. the F4 works but would't an x button be better. why fix something that is not broken
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrelmo View Post
    i thought that each new version was to make things easier and quicker. the F4 works but would't an x button be better. why fix something that is not broken
    It IS getting better, 8.1.1 update has that "X" in the right hand top corner, to close or minimize that app window, Hmmm, better late than never.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrelmo View Post
    i thought that each new version was to make things easier and quicker. the F4 works but would't an x button be better. why fix something that is not broken
    One thing you must remember is that the modern apps and screens were designed to be touch friendly. That's why they can be dragged to the bottom of the screen to close instead since tapping on a small X in the upper right corner might not be so easy on a smaller screen.

    As Mike posted, the Windows 8.1.1 update is adding the X back for modern apps to help. Hopefully it'll be big enough.
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    Posts : 13
    8.1


    ok but i can not locate the 8.1.1 update
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