The first command to be explained is the minimize button.
- Click to minimize the window to a task-bar button. To restore the minimized window to its previous size, click its task-bar 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.
On any open window the maximize button is always shown as a white and blue square box symbol.
- Left mouse click this button to minimize the window.
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.
This button indicates the active window is already maximized. You can use this button to resize and re-position the window.
There are two ways that you can close an open window.
Closing Windows Using The Close Button
- To close any open application in a Windows environment find the close button on the active 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.
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.