Sunday, 18 August 2013

How to close apps easily and quickly after you're done working with them in Windows 8

Windows 8 gives you many options for closing apps, but the quickest way to do it is by clicking on the app's upper margin and dragging it down to the bottom of the screen. However, the app won't close if you end the motion too early or let go of the mouse button. It would be more efficient if you could drag the app till the center of the screen instead. This leaves less room for mistakes and you can close apps quicker. By means of an additional entry in the registry, you can define how far an app needs to be dragged so it closes.
To open the registry editor, switch to desktop view and press the key combination [Windows]+[R]. Now key in "regedit", press the [Enter] key and confirm the user account control dialogue box with "Yes". Once the registry editor opens, navigate to the key "HKEY_CURRENT_ USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell" and create a new key by clicking "Edit | New | Key".
Type in the term “Switcher” in the new box and press the [Enter] key. In case the key is already present, skip the previous step and open it. Now, click in the right hand window section and create the entry "MouseCloseThreshold" with "Edit | New | DWORD-Value". Double-click on it to open it for editing. In the following dialogue box, change the base to "Decimal" and A value of zero means that the function is completely deactivated, while "1" defines the default lower image margin and "1000" defines the upper margin. Enter "500" to get a sensible, mean value or use a somewhat higher value. Confirm the changes with "OK".
Also recreate the DWORD value "TouchCloseThreshold" and assign a suitable value to the function. This defines the behaviour of the function in touch operation. Close the registry after you're done and restart the system.

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