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. In this blog I explain the Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons.
Basic Window Buttons
On all Windows based systems, there are three main buttons that control how a Window is used within the desktop. There is a minimize button, maximize button, and a close button typically shown on all windows. This is shown in the illustration below.
1. Minimize Button
The first command to be explained is the minimize button.
- Click this button to minimize the window to a task-bar button. To restore the minimized window to its previous size, click its task-bar button.
2. Maximize Button
The next button to be explained is the maximize button.
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 using two generic Notepad application windows.
On any open window the maximize button is always shown as a white and blue square rectangle symbol.
3. Close Button
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. Keyboard shortcuts are keys or combinations of keys that provide an alternative way to do something that you’d typically do with a mouse.
Pressing both keys (ALT and F4) 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.