In our earlier roundup of Windows 8.1 Spring Update 1 (Feature Pack), we wrote about Modern apps finally having a title bar with close and minimize buttons. We also covered a hotkey to show the Taskbar when a Modern app is focused. Now I would like to share a simple tip to show the context menu for the title bar of Modern Apps with a hotkey.
When you switch to a Modern app, the title bar automatically hides after a few seconds. To make it visible again, you must move the mouse pointer to top edge of the screen. In the left corner of the titlebar you will see a small icon representing the Modern app. Right click that icon and a context menu will appear on the screen. (Note: officially this menu is called the window menu as far as desktop apps are concerned but since Modern apps are not enclosed in a window, we are calling it the context menu).
The keyboard shortcut to show this menu is Alt + Space. It will make the titlebar visible and show this menu, which is really fast and useful. Once this menu shows, you can select the desired menu item using Up/Down arrow keys and press Enter key to run that action. The underlined letters for each item in this menu are called accelerators. So you can press Alt+Space, and then n to minimize a Metro app. Or press Alt+Space and L/R to snap an app to the left or right respectively. Pressing Alt+Space, and then C closes the window, although the app only gets suspended even if you close its window.
The Alt+Space hotkey to show the window menu of desktop apps exists since the very early releases of Windows.
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