How to Shut Down Apps in Windows 8

Posted by Mayank on June 2, 2013 in Windows

Windows 8 has been designed to minimize battery drain and to accomplish this, in simplest terms – Windows has to minimize resource allocation to the apps which are active but not in use. Windows 8 has been designed so that most of the apps go into a quiet phase and they don’t take up any battery time at all. Apparently, sooner or later, Windows completely turns off idle apps. The exact timing and details are not known, but obviously, it would have been one of the primary design criteria for optimization.

So, ideally, you don’t have to worry about shutting down apps in Windows 8, but that is the ideal condition. Things are far from  ideal in the real world. You might need to shut down apps in Windows 8 because of a malfunctioning app or your computer running slow. One of the best ways to keep your computer working great is to restart it once a while. I restart my computer once a week. Restarting your computer will get rid of all the apps, which might still be active (having successfully shrugged off attempts from Windows OS to shut it down) and consuming resources.

To turn off or to shut down apps in Windows 8, do the following:

  • Using Touchscreen: Drag your finger slowly down from the top and keep dragging it all the way to the bottom of the screen.
  • With a mouse: Take the mouse pointer to the top of the screen ad it will turn into a hand. Click and drag the whole window down.

Similar behavior has been built into the traditional and old fashioned desktop as well.

Shutting down Windows 8 is a pain. From a simple Start –> Shutdown, it has gone to Charms Bar (Windows+C) –> Settings –> Power –> Shutdown.

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