How to View, Close, or Return to Apps in Windows 10 - dummies

How to View, Close, or Return to Apps in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

Windows 10 makes navigation a cinch. On a desktop PC, it’s fairly easy to move from one app to another. Because they’re all in windows on your Windows 10 desktop, you just click the app you want: It pops to the forefront, ready for work.

On a tablet, apps and programs hog the entire screen when running, making it more difficult to switch between them.

Whether you’re running Windows on a PC, laptop, or tablet, you can bring any missing app to the forefront by following these two quick steps:

  1. Click or tap the Task View button.

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    The screen clears, and Windows displays miniature views of your open apps and programs.

    Beneath the views of currently open apps, Windows also lists programs you’ve used within the past 30 days. Known as the Timeline, this new feature lets you quickly return to apps you worked on in the past.

  2. Tap or click any thumbnail to return the app or program to full size.
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    Click the Task View button to see thumbnail views of each of your currently running apps and programs.

These three tips can help you keep track of your running apps as well as close the ones you no longer want open:

  • Currently running apps and programs also appear as icons on the taskbar, the narrow strip along the bottom of the screen.
  • To close an unwanted app shown in thumbnail view, click or tap the X in its upper-right corner. With a mouse, you can also right-click the app’s thumbnail, and choose Close from the pop-up menu.

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  • After you close an app, the miniature views of the other running apps remain onscreen, letting you either switch to them or close them. Or, to leave the Task View mode, click or tap the desktop.