Before Windows 8, in order to find all your open applications, you had to open the App Switcher by pressing Alt + Tab. Now, there’s an even easier way.
Find out how to Switch between open Apps
On the Windows 8 Start Screen or the Windows 8 Desktop (either place is fine), move the mouse to the lower left corner. The last application you used will appear in the corner, represented by a thumbnail. You can click on this thumbnail, if you wish, to return to your most recently used application.
Or, swipe upward. You’ll see a list of other recent apps appear, with thumbnails, along the left side. This is called the Switch List. To switch between open apps, simply click on any of these open apps.
If you’d like to close one of these open apps, something you couldn’t do easily in previous versions, simply right click on the app’s thumbnail and click Close.
You can also make the Switch List appear by holding down Windows Key and Tab. Continue holding the Windows Key and pressing Tab to highlight each successive application, then let go of the keyboard to switch to it.
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