In Microsoft Windows nearly everything opens in a window. A window is the box that surrounds any displayed content like the example below. There are a few different ways you can resize windows. In this guide, we will show you how to change the size of a window. We will also show you how to maximize, minimize, close and move windows around the screen.
What do the icons in the top right corner of a window do
At the top right corner of each window’s title bar, you will see three icons as shown below
- The first icon above is a minus symbol. This is used to minimize the window or send it to the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. To re-open the window you will need to go to the taskbar and click the program or folder icon.
- The second icon above is a box. This is used to maximize the window or make it full screen.
- The third icon above is an X. This is used to close the window and is sometimes in red.
If the window opens in full screen, you will notice the second icon (the box shape) becomes two overlapping boxes. You can toggle between smaller sized windows and full screen by clicking the overlapping boxes (See below).
How to change the size of a window
- You can change the size of a window a non-full screen window by moving your mouse to the edges of the window or the corner.
- A two-way arrow will appear. You should left click the mouse and hold, whilst dragging in the direction you wish to increase or decrease size.
- The window size will change, release the mouse button to fix to size.
Change the size of a window by snapping to screen
There is also a feature that allows you to snap a window to either the top, bottom, left side or right side of the screen. You can snap two windows to the screen either side by side or on top of each other.
- Click anywhere in the window you wish to control
- Press and hold the Windows key and an arrow key on the keyboard. To snap the window to different positions on the screen.
How to maximize, minimize, close, move and resize windows with shortcuts
- You can toggle between full screen and smaller sized windows by double-clicking the top of the window (title bar) with the mouse.
- A shortcut key combination of ALT and SPACE provides a menu to manage window size
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