How To Minimize, Maximize, Open and Close Windows

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The term minimize refers to the process of making an active window invisible on the desktop. You would use the minimize option when you want to switch to and use a different window. This blog will describe different actions that can be applied to opened and unopened program windows.

Minimize Windows

Figure 1.1 - How To Close An Open Window
Figure 1.1 – How To Close An Open Window
  1. On any open window the minimize button is always shown as a white and blue underscore symbol. Left mouse click this button to minimize the window.

To minimize or maximize a window or restore it to its previous size

  • Click the appropriate button in the upper-right corner of the window:
    • 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.
    • Click maximize button to maximize the window so it covers the full screen.
    • After maximizing a window, click restore down button to restore the window to its previous size.

s Note – You can also double-click the window’s title bar to maximize it or restore it to its previous size.


Maximize Windows

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 workspace for a specific application. The following screenshot shows the before and after effects of the maximize button.

Figure 1.2 - Before and After Maximizing An Open Window
Figure 1.2 – Before and After Maximizing An Open Window

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 reposition the window.


Opening Windows

In Windows, the term opening windows refers to launching a program or application. You can open programs via a shortcut or through the Start menu. This page describes how to complete that task.

Opening A Window Using A Shortcut

To open a window using an existing shortcut follow the steps outlined below:

Figure 1.1 - How To Open A Window Using A Shortcut
Figure 1.3 – How To Open A Window Using A Shortcut

For this tutorial you will learn how to launch Windows Explorer by double clicking a shortcut located on the desktop.

Find the Windows Explorer shortcut located on your desktop. If you do not have a Windows Explorer icon substitute it with any icon of your choice.

To launch the icon simply double left click with your mouse. This will cause the main program to load as a full screen window.


Opening A Window Using The Task Bar

Opening a window to an application that is already running on a computer is also referred to as maximizing the window. Follow these steps to open an already running Window.

 

Figure 1.4 - How To Open A Running Window
Figure 1.4 – How To Open A Running Window
  1. Find the program you want to open from the Windows task bar. For the purpose of this tutorial we will open the Windows Explorer program. Once you’ve located the program, right mouse click anywhere on the program from within the task bar.
  2. From the menu that appears, left mouse click the Maximize option. This will cause the Windows Explorer program to open full sized showing the My Documents folder.

Opening A Windows Using The Windows Start Menu

To open a program on the Windows Start menu follow these instructions:

Figure 1.5 - How To Launch A Program Through The Windows Start Menu
Figure 1.5 – How To Launch A Program Through The Windows Start Menu
  1. Find the program you want to open on the Windows Start Menu. For this step, you might need to go point your mouse cursor into the All Programs folder.
  2. Left click once to open the program.

Opening A Windows Using The Windows Run Command

Windows includes a run command on the Start menu which provides a quicker way of accessing a program or shortcut if you know the program’s executable name. An executable file is a type of file with the extension .exe. For example many accessories in Windows have common executable names such as Notepad.exe, wordpad.exe, and calc.exe (short for calculator). Here’s how to launch a program executable through the Run command.

  1. Left click  Start.The start button in Windows Xp

  2. Left click the Run command. The start button in Windows Xp

  3. In the Open box enter the program executable name. Left click Ok or press Enter to continue launching the program.

The start button in Windows Xp


Congratulations! You now know how to launch a program through double clicking a shortcut, through an existing open program, and through the Windows Run command.


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