Enable Faster Drag-and-close For Windows 8 Modern Apps

Windows 8 Modern apps (formerly known as Metro apps) don’t have the conventional close button like the ones you find in the desktop apps, and that’s because Microsoft doesn’t want you to kill them without a reason. However you can close an app using the task manager or by simply clicking on the top edge of the app and dragging it down to the bottom of the screen.

Windows 8 Start Screen

I always close these Modern apps after working on them (memory is too precious to waste) by dragging down the app edge using the mouse. But each time I want to close an app, it’s a long drag and I don’t think I am the only one who gets tired of doing this. So today I will show you how you can reduce the threshold of drag and close in Windows 8.

Close Threshold for Windows

Close Threshold is a nifty app for Windows 8 using which you can change the default drag and drop threshold which is needed to close Modern apps.  Simply download and run the tool and adjust the drag and drop threshold using the sliders. You will have to configure separately for touch and mouse controlled interface.

Close Threshold For Modern Apps

If you want to disable the drag and close feature of Windows 8, there is an option for that as well.


Using the tool you will be able to close Modern apps with much smaller mouse movements. If you don’t like the new settings, Restore to Default button will make sure that your computer is reverted to original settings.

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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