resizing a program's window.

Whenever you start a program or open a file or folder, it'll open in what's called a "window".

Resizing a program's window is a great skill to have under your belt. It allows for more control of what you're able to see and do on-screen with a computer.

We can control the size and position of that window. It's easy to do and very handy to know.

Being able to control a program's window allows us to have 2 or more programs running on-screen at the same time.

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minimise & maximise a window.

The first thing we'll need to do is to take control of the size of the window. That's where the Minimise and Maximise buttons come in.

The Minimise & Maximise buttons are at the very top right-hand corner of the screen. Next to the Close button (X)

The Minimise button is the flat line and the Maximise button is the square.

minimise, maximise & close buttons.

You'll see these buttons on any window that you open. Be it a program/app window, or file/folder window.

minimise button.

Clicking the Minimise button will drop the open window (or program) onto the Taskbar.

We haven't closed the program or stopped it from doing whatever it's doing, we've simply moved it out of the way.

To bring a minimised window (program) back up onto the screen, click its icon on the Taskbar.

google chrome minimised.

maximise button.

The Maximise button actually has two functions.

Firstly, when it's showing as a single square, clicking it will make the program window fill the entire screen. As in maximum size.

However, when the window is Maximised, i.e. filling the entire screen, the button will show as two squares, one on top of the other, instead of just a single square.

When it's showing as two squares, it's called Restore Down. As in Restore the window Down to the previous size.

maximise button.
restore down.

Using the Maximise, Minimise and Restore Down buttons really isn't difficult to do.

But it's important that you can do it.

So let's have a look at the Maximise, Minimise and Restore Down buttons in action.

using minimise, maximise & restore down.

restore down doesn't seem to work.

Just a few of you guys out there will find that Restore Down doesn't seem to work on your computer.

It's usually down to 1 of 2 reasons.

Watch the video to see how to "fix" the issue.

restore down not working?


moving a program window.

When a window is in the Restore Down position, you can move it around the screen.

Put your pointer onto the top bar of the window. Then hold down the left mouse button. Move the mouse around the screen and the window will follow.

When you release the mouse button, the window will stay where it is.

This action is called Dragging and Dropping. You drag the window to a new location and drop it there.

hold down left mouse button to "grab" the window.
the window moves with your mouse.

We looked at Dragging & Dropping earlier. When we moved the Desktop icons around.

This is exactly the same, except your dragging & dropping a window.

If you'd like to review that page click Windows Desktop

resizing a program window

It's often handy to be able to have a program's window at a specific size.

In this way, you can have 2, 3, or more windows open at the same time, and still be able to see them all, without them overlapping.

With a window in the Restore Down position, move your pointer to the very edge of the window, and you'll see the arrowhead change to a double-headed arrow.

Hold down the left mouse button and then move the mouse.

You'll see the window re-sizing.

resize a window horizontally.
resize a window vertically.

It can take a little practice to get right. But once you get it, you get it.

See it in being done and you'll see just how easy it is to do.

move & resize a window. easy with practice.

program always starts in a small window.

Sometimes you'll get a program that always seems to start or open in a small window, whenever you start it up.

You then have to Maximise the window.

It's not a huge deal, but gosh darn it, it can be annoying.

starts this size.
maximised window.

There's usually a simple fix for this. And it becomes obvious once you know what's going on.

When you close a program, when you click the X in the top right-hand corner, the program will "remember" what size window it was running in.

So if you close a program when it's in a small window (Restored Down), the next time you start it up, it'll start as a small window.

To fix the problem, start the program in question. Then Maximise it. Then close it.

Now open it again and it'll open maximised (full screen).

You can read about how to swim, ride a bike, or drive a car. You can even watch it being done, but if you want to be able to do these things, then you have to learn how, by doing it yourself.

Using your computer is a skill that you just have to learn.

So grab a pen & paper. It's your turn.

practice it.

And if your thinking this is just like being back at school, you're right. That's exactly what it is.

Think about it, what you learn at school stays with you. For life.

Or maybe it's only me that remembers the ABC song.


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great, we can move & resize any window.

It's all just too easy. Right?

When you do this stuff, it really is, once you know how. Practice resizing and moving your windows around the screen. You'll see.