How to Move between Windows 8 apps?

Apr 26, 2013

On Windows 8, only one or two apps can be opened at the same time. But there may be multiple apps running in background. Switching or moving between Windows 8 apps is easy. All you need to do is use right shortcuts  or actions. But if you are new to Windows 8, you may find the switch a little confusing. Read on for more details or instructions on how to switch or jump between Windows 8 apps.

Move between apps using mouse:

If you are using mouse as an input device, you can jump between Windows 8 apps by using any of the following methods:

  • Move the cursor to the left-hand edge of the screen to view apps list panel (Switch List). Thumbnails of currently running apps or programs will appear. Select application you want to use.
  • Alternatively press the Windows key + Tab key to open the Switch List and scroll through the current programs/apps.

Windows 8 Switch List


Move between apps in Touch user interface:

If you are using Windows 8 on a touch enabled device, use any of the following methods to switch or jump between apps:

  • Swipe the left-hand edge of the screen inwards and cycle through currently running apps.
  • Alternatively drag in the left-hand edge of the screen slightly and release the thumbnail to open the list of thumbnails of current apps.

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