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This question is not about how to close metro apps, but how to close them from the desktop using a shortcut.

I can close metro apps from the desktop by right clicking on them in the snap view, but I am looking for a shortcut that can do this.

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Please see in the top left of the screenshot. Also the shortcuts for snap left and snap right will be helpful.


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You should clarify that you want a shortcut file. Shortcut can refer to a keyboard shortcut, mouse shortcut, etc. "Desktop using a shortcut" can refer to a shortcut file on the desktop or performing a shortcut in the desktop view. – XP1 Nov 7 '12 at 1:36
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Short answer! There is no shortcut to do it.

May be someone do it with autohotkey script when they will give a support to Modern UI apps.

Edit: According to your last lines for snap shortcut there is

Win+. for snap current Modern UI to right side

Win+Shift+. for snap current Modern UI to left side

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@Vishnesh check the edit for snap shortcut. – avirk Nov 7 '12 at 2:03

If you want to close all the Metro apps from the Desktop at once, you can see this question.

On Windows 8; all "modern" applications seem to be dependent on explorer.exe. Restarting the process from Task Manager seems to stop all Windows 8 (modern) applications.

So restarting the explorer.exe process should close all Metro apps immediately.

If you want to create a shortcut to restart explorer.exe from the Desktop, you can create a batch file with these commands:

taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
START explorer.exe

Or if you want to only kill explorer.exe and start it manually later:

taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
START taskmgr

and then:

  1. FileRun new task.
  2. Type explorer and hit Enter.
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I think user is asking for per app not for all at the same time. But if he demands the same as you suggest then IMO this is the right answer. – avirk Nov 6 '12 at 13:10
AH! you should have to correct the info here too. ;) – avirk Nov 13 '12 at 3:36
@avirk I should probably delete this. – amiregelz Nov 13 '12 at 12:20
I wouldn't say that. If you really feel that you can't improve it then that's is the last way you have as in currently state it is misleading according to me. :) – avirk Nov 13 '12 at 14:35
@avirk I edited my answer. I hope this is useful, as I haven't tested it yet. – amiregelz Nov 13 '12 at 14:56

Aside from the answer "it's not possible" other people already gave, I want to make sure that everybody understands that there is no need to close a Windows 8 app because they are automatically closed for you by the OS. Much like iOS and Android handle this.

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I like to know when they close by OS like Android? – avirk Nov 6 '12 at 17:33
That depends on the OS and its version and a lot of other stuff. But basically, the OS terminates an application because it wants to free up memory or because the app hasn't been used for a while. Then it sends a message to the application saying "I'll kill you in a few seconds. Better save everything before I do." And then it closes the app. – Rudolph Gottesheim Nov 6 '12 at 21:03

As, @Rudolph said, the metro apps in Windows 8 are in Suspended Mode when you are on your Desktop.Meaning they behave as processes in Suspended Mode. You can see this in Task Manager also.

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You may be interested in terminating a specific Metro app by doing something like this:

Win8AppLifecycleManager.exe /terminate Microsoft.BingNews_1.2.0.98_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe

You may have to enable debug mode. I have not tried it, but you can take a look at the section "Automating lifecycle state of your app" in this article:

The keyboard shortcut for Metro snap is Windows key + . (full stop character).

Here is a more detailed article:

More keyboard shortcuts can be found here:

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This article from 2006 explains how to close a window from a vbscript script.

I am not sure that it will work for Windows 8 apps (feel free to try it though), but the process of making it work will be similar. That is, find what Windows 8 API call closes an app, wrap it in a ActiveX dll and then load the dll from your script.

I am not very familiar with vbscript or Windows API, so stackoverflow might be more helpful here.

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What I'm understanding with the script is that you have to add manually per app to close it. It is a good idea but I don't think its good to keep too many script files for per program. – avirk Nov 6 '12 at 13:13

If you have a middle mouse button, you can click the thumbnail of the application you want to close in the snap view.

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