Basic Window, Buttons, and Dialog Box Commands in a Windows Operating System Environment – Basic Guide To Windows

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In Windows, there are some basics commands and buttons that you should get familiar with in order to master a Windows operating system and how to move around Windows.

Figure 1.1 - The Minimize Button on Open Windows
Figure 1.1 – The Minimize Button on Open Windows

Minimize Button

The first command to be explained is the minimize button.

  • Click minimize button to minimize the window to a task-bar button. To restore the minimized window to its previous size, click its task-bar button.

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Maximize Button

The next button to be explained is the maximize function.

The term maximize refers to the process of making an active window larger or more visible on the desktop. You would use the maximize option when you want to see more of the work space for a specific application. The following screenshot shows the before and after effects of the maximize button.

Figure 1.2 - How To Maximize an Open Window
Figure 1.2 – How To Maximize an Open Window

On any open window the maximize button is always shown as a white and blue square box symbol.

  1. Left mouse click this button to minimize the window.

windowmaximized.gif This button indicates the active window can be maximized. Left clicking this button will cause the window to be displayed using its previous state and size.

windowcanbeminimized.gif This button indicates the active window is already maximized. You can use this button to resize and re-position the window.

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Close Button

There are two ways that you can close an open window.

Closing Windows Using The Close Button

  1. To close any open application in a Windows environment find the close button on the active window.
Figure 1.3 - How To Close An Open Window
Figure 1.3 – How To Close An Open Window

On any open window the close button is always shown as a white and red X symbol. Left mouse click this button to close the window.

Closing Windows Using The Shortcut ALT + F4

In Windows open applications can be closed using the keyboard shortcuts ALT + F4. Pressing both at the same time will close the active window.

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Congratulations! You now have a basic understanding of how to close open application windows. Just remember the three main buttons at the top right of any window will minimize, maximize, and restore the window size. You can also use keyboard shortcuts to close an active window.

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