Archives for August 2013

How Dumb Is That?

If you are using Windows 8, you might have figured out by now how to close an app, but then again you may not. It isn’t intuitive at all.

An example is the Mail app. (I don’t know why anyone would use it, but it’s there so I’ll use this.)  Once Mail is opened there doesn’t seem to be any way to close it.  There is no Menu, so no ‘Close’.  There is no little ‘x’ in the upper right corner. So how do you close Mail? Or any other App for that matter?

So far I’ve found two ways. (There may be more!) Besides just rebooting, which may be how some users are closing Mail, pressing the Win key and D key at the same time will take you to the Desktop.  Then in the far upper left corner of your screen. is a tiny little Mail icon.

Right click that tiny icon and get this:

Click Close and then Mail closes.

OK, yep that’s dumb. Now if you think that’s the only way to close mail, think again.

Once Mail is open and you want to close it, move your cursor to the very top of the screen and with the little hand that shows up, drag it down to the bottom of the screen and Mail is closed.

(I tried to get a screenshot of this process, but for some reason all I couldn’t get a screenshot to work.)

I simply could not get this to work using the touch pad, it was the mouse or Mail didn’t close.

This seems to be even more dumb to me.

The more I use Windows 8, the less I like it. I feel like Microsoft threw me under the bus.

Maybe Windows 8.1 will be better, but I am not holding my breath.