How to Use Multiple Apps in Windows 8

If your looking to display and work with multiple Windows 8 apps at the same time then this step by step guide will help you in getting started.

Multitasking in Windows 8

Windows 8 comes packed with a host of new features that may take a little bit of getting used to for some. For example it’s apps may be a little bit alien to those who are more accustomed to using programs and EXE files that were a staple of past operating systems.

After you get used to using Windows 8’s apps everything will become second nature once again. One thing to note though is that unless you close each app it will stay open in an idle state in the background. This guide will show you how to control and use multiple apps at the same time in Windows 8.


Step 1

To get started open your first Windows 8 app. Press the Windows key to open the start screen and click on any tile or app.

Once you have opened your first app return to the start screen by pressing the Windows key. Now open a second Windows 8 app and a third if you wish.

Step 2

To view your last open and move your mouse to the upper left corner in the start screen and you will see a thumbnail.

Step 3

To view all open apps move your mouse down to the bottom of the screen making sure that you keep the pointer as close as possible to the left-hand side.


As you move your mouse towards the bottom you will see all the thumbnails for each open app.

Step 4

To switch to any open app simply click on the thumnail and that app will open.

If you want to snap a second app then move your cursor to the upper left-hand corner of the screen and right click on your desired apps thumbnail. Select either snap left of snap right.

Step 5

The second app should now display on either the left or right side depending on what you chose.


Will normally take up to around one third of the screen space available in the first app will take the remaining space.

Step 6

If you want to resize the open app move your mouse to the vertical scrollbar separating each app untill your pointer turns into a small vertical line with two arrows.

Here you can manage the size of each open app.

Step 7

To close any open app simply move your cursor to the top of the screen until it turns into a folding hand. Once this happens click and drag the window and drag the thumbnail all the way to the bottom of the screen to close it. To close any other open app, return to the start screen and move your mouse to the upper left-hand corner. Move your mouse down to the thumbnail of the app you wish to close and simply right click it and select close.

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