Windows 8 users who are yet to be acclimated to using the latest operating system find many issues with working on its various features and tools. The latest interface failed to impress users in many ways; moreover, even closing apps running on the computer seems to be a trouble for many.
Windows 8 OS changes the settings in the user interface according to the type of input devices that are connected at the time of use. Hence, if you are using the touch input methods, you would have options that are optimized for the specific device.
It is obvious that Microsoft would have integrated some easy options to close apps in the interface using the touch interface only, as the latest Windows 8 OS and the Surface tablets were developed with touch only in mind. Interestingly, Windows 8 provides gesture options to close apps quickly. To do this, just swipe from the top of the screen to the bottom. Even though this would dismiss the app from the left hand tray, it would not be closed in the Task Manager.
Even though the case is that modern UI apps are ought to close automatically if kept idle for certain amount of time, many do not follow this setting. For example, apps like Jetpack and Netflix have been found to be persistent and do not go away even if unused for a long amount of time. There is another method you can try though. From the Start Screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to see the app menu. You will see an option to show all apps, which lists all the applications available in the system.
From here, you can access the Task Manager window. You would need to close apps one at a time from this window. Windows 8 tech support forums highlight that the Task Manager only runs in the Desktop mode. However, once you return to the Start page, the Desktop app will close automatically after some time, which means you would not have to close it manually.
The number of complaints regarding the usability of the latest OS in Windows 8 tech support forums is ever increasing. Though there are many third party apps that help with such issues, in the next upgrade of Windows OS, we expect Microsoft to simplify things a bit, at least when it comes to closing apps within the interface.