When the dialog box comes up asking which Home UI you want to use, select Always after touching the Standard version.
By forcing all applications you are also closing the Home Launcher UI. This causes the phone to not know which UI to use when you go to the home screen. So it is picking the Easy Mode that might also have been set as default at some point.
Android functions differently than Windows or Apple OS. It wants the RAM full with the applications you use most often. That way the phone doesn't have to reload the entire program from scratch when you open it the next time. By "closing all the apps", you are forcing the phone to reload everything and you are wasting your battery unnecessarily.
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Let's get to the bottom of this! When did the issue begin? Have you recently downloaded any new applications? What process are you using to close out the applications? I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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The issue has been here since I bought the phone. It would seem that I have fixed the problem, though. Resetting to factory, setting to standard mode, and then restarting the phone seemed to do the trick. Thank you anyway.