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Is there a way to "minimize" a Modern UI app to the traditional taskbar? I feel that having to manage two kind of taskbar, one horizontal and one vertical is too cumbersome. Is there a way to merge them into one so that I can better track the apps (both desktop and modern UI) that I have opened?

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No, because the Taskbar is from a different paradigm and is eventually going away. –  user3463 Oct 23 '12 at 22:04
    
why is this get downvoted? –  Chin Oct 23 '12 at 22:42

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Is there a way to merge them into one so that I can better track the apps (both desktop and modern UI) that I have opened?

Pressing Alt + Tab will show a list of all of your currently running apps, regardless of whether they are Desktop apps or Modern UI apps.

As far as I know, there is not a way to pin a Metro App to the taskbar. You can pin a Desktop app to the Start Screen, but this will not show whether it is running.

If you swipe-in from the left, you will see a list of all your running apps, but "Desktop" will count as a single app, regardless of how many Desktop apps you are running. So I think Alt + Tab is the closest to what you want.

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In Windows 8.1 Update 1, immersive applications will be shown on taskbar.

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