How do I close an app?

Watch a video about how to close an app. (To view captions in your language, tap or click the Closed captioning button Closed Captioning button.)

Apps in the Windows Store are built so they don't slow down your PC when you're not using them. When you stop using an app, Windows leaves it running in the background and then, after a while, closes it for you.

But if you want to close an app, drag it from the top of the screen to the very bottom. (If you're using a mouse, move your mouse pointer to the top of the screen and then click the Close button in the title bar.)

Note

To completely stop all processes associated with an app, drag the app to the bottom of the screen, and hold it there until the app flips over.

It’s still a good idea to close desktop apps when you're done using them, particularly before shutting down your PC.

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