If you upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1, you might have noticed that the behavior of closed Windows 8 apps have changed significantly. Microsoft has incorporated a new yet still similar way to close the app completely, but unfortunately there's not an obvious way to completely close them out.

Once you drag the app to the bottom of the screen you close it, but the procedure is not terminating it anymore from the task manager. Shortly speaking, the app sleeps there so that it can be accessed quickly again if needed. On the other hand, by closing them out we can free up some memory, and maybe even help our batteries last a little longer.

In Windows 8, dragging an application down from the top would completely close the application and erase it from memory – the behavior changes in Windows 8.1.

Alternatively we can use the close option that is displayed in the left Charms Bar.

Windows 8.1

In Windows 8.1, both options are no longer available. We can still disable applications in the same way, but you will still see them in the Task Manager consuming system resources They are still running in the background. Microsoft boasts that the frozen apps uses the minimum amount of system memory.

Theory and practice are two different things. Sometimes hidden application does not start properly, displays errors, is frozen or slows down the computer. In this case, the only solution is to close the service. We have two options. The first option requires you to go to Windows Task Manager.

There is a complete list of all running processes. You can select the one that annoys you and click "Close" to kill application.

The second variant is to drag the application to the bottom of the screen and wait for the app’s logo to appear before letting go. The app will vanish and a few minutes later exit cleanly.

The Task Manager is useful if you want to aggressively close many services simultaneously, while moving the cursor is ideal for individual applications.

Keep in mind that the repetitive closure of programs in Windows 8.1 does not really make sense. OS is doing well at sleeping apps. The whole procedure accelerates work with them and basically makes sense.

It is recommended to use the aforementioned tips as an exception – in case any service starts to behave abnormally.