Windows 8.1 Trick: Quickly restart apps without going back to Start

Restart Windows 8.1 apps trick

As you know Windows 8 apps aren’t anything like traditional apps, one of the interesting feature about these apps is that even though they don’t have a close button, they do have a number of ways in which you can close them.

Yes, it is fun (at least to me) to drag down an app to close, but how about restarting a modern app? Most users will just close the app in anyway they know and then from the Start screen, they will just find and click the corresponding tile to launch. But in Windows 8.1 there is a quicker and easier way to restart apps without having to go back to the Start screen or even leaving the current screen for that matter.


If you want to try this, here is what you have to do: Open any Windows 8.1 app, drag it down, hold until you see the tile twist, then don’t let go and drag the app back-up and release, and the app will immediately restart, that simple. So now my best guess, this is the reason why Microsoft added the extra hold to close gesture, which I think is pretty useful.

In case you want to check an app really restarts, open the Task Manager, go to the Start screen, launch the Mail app, use the instructions I just mentioned, wait until Mail is fully started again, and switch quickly to the desktop, and you may just catch the Mail process going away and magically reappearing.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].