So I downloaded and installed Windows 8. I'm very impressed, except for one thing. I don't have touch, and I have this running in a virtual machine. How do I exit one of these full screen Modern UI apps using just a mouse and a keyboard? Right now my only method to exit one of these guys is to send Ctrl+Alt+Del to the machine. I'm sure that's not the right way... anyone figured this out?
Please note that in Windows 8, in some cases apps are not supposed to be closed. This is part of the general Modern UI experience; however, because of popular demand, Microsoft did add this feature in the consumer preview.
Press the Windows Key, it's like a 'home' button.
It looks like it's you're not supposed to 'close' apps in a traditional sense, and should be in a 'suspended' mode instead this is achieved by just going and doing something else like going back to the home screen...
The short answer is that you're supposed to leave Modern UI applications as suspended. If you need to free up memory or manage to write something that kills the system, you can kill Modern UI apps using the task manager. I'd assume that they're going to tidy up the behaviour of alt-tab at some point, but for now it's not that nice.
If you're accessing over "mstsc" RDP(Remote Desktop Protocol) and want to go to the start screen but can't hit the start button on your keyboard directly, then Alt+Home might help you out.
Similarly, if you want to kill the application/process use Ctrl+Alt+Delete, then Ctrl+Alt+End should send that combination through.
Nick Josevski gave the answer if you just want to go back to the Start screen, but, if you want to actually close it then the Ctrl + Alt + Del method works as you said. The best approach I've seen however is the good old Alt + F4 combination, which still seems to close applications.
I would have thought there is a better way, but I haven't found it yet.
(Little notice - When I first fired up Windows 8, I had problems closing applications and did try Alt + F4 to get out the plane application with no luck. However, it appears to be working now. I am not sure what was going on earlier and can only guess it was gremlins in the preview!)
Here is an answer from someone at MS on this forum thread:
Starting with Windows 8 Consumer Preivew, you can close Modern UI applications by click and dragging from the top of the application all the way down to the bottom of the screen. The touch gesture works the same way.
If you are running Windows 8 in a virtual machine and the host intercepts the Windows key, try carefully moving your mouse to the bottom-left corner of the Windows 8 screen. The Start button should appear.
I just found a more elegant solution than three-fingered salute... Win+R, then click on the Start icon (Windows icon, bottom left). But I'm ready to use the actual method.
Win + E also works. It doesn't close the Metro app but it does get you back to the Windows Desktop. Also useful for getting to the desktop from the Start Screen.
Though this 2012 question asks about avoiding Touch, now nearing 2015, it's the first hit on Google when asking how to exit the full screen Modern app and return to normal classic view.
After using my Surface Pro (2?) intermittently for about a year, I have finally realized that the specs for moving from Full screen (modern) to Windowed (classic) desktop mode must have been vague. Different apps act in very different ways, that's the maddening part.
Here are my findings, for pure TOUCH navigation - no keyboard, no mouse.
A. Starting from FullScreen/Metro Mode.
1.To go from FullScreen/Metro mode to Hidden.
How: Sweep from the Right-inward to see the Charms and touch the Start button.
2.To go from FullScreen/Metro mode to Hidden: Method 2.
Note: This method works intermittently depending on your prior state and the app in question.
Result: Desktop will reappear because Store respects Desktop as a valid prior state and you had no Metro prior states in the history.
The last previously hidden Metro app will appear in focus.
3.To go from FullScreen/Metro mode to Windowed/Classic mode.
How: Touch to 'click' the top of the app to get the app's mini navbar which will appear on the bottom of the screen. Touch the 'X' button.
4.To go from FullScreen/Metro mode to Turned off.
How: First go to classic mode, then click the 'X' as has been normal in many generations of Windows OS.
B. Starting from Windowed/Classic mode.
1.To go from Windowed/Classic screen mode to FullScreen/Metro mode.
How: Click the 'X' on the internal navbar, which is positioned inside the regular classic window which has a different 'X'.
2.To go from Windowed/Classic screen mode to Hidden.
How: Use the normal Windows XP gesture: Touch the minus sign in the top right nav bar of the app.
3.To go from Windowed/Classic screen mode to Turned off.
How: Use the normal Windows XP gesture: Touch the 'X' button on the app's top navbar.
4.To go from Windowed/Classic screen mode to Full screen with a Window navbar.
How: Use the normal Windows XP gesture: Touch the middle open square button on the app's top navbar.
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