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2.1. Windows in Windows

There are two categories of windows in Windows:

  • Desktop windows. These windows, sometimes called Windows Explorer windows, include the windows that open when you double-click a disk or folder icon. This is where you organize your files and programs.

  • Application windows. These are the windows where you do your work—in Word or Internet Explorer, for example.

    Nonetheless, all windows have certain components in common (see Figure 2-1).

  • Title bar. This top strip displays the name of the window. Drag it like a handle when you want to move the window on the screen.

  • Minimize button. Click this box to temporarily hide a window, shrinking it down into the form of a button on your taskbar (Section 2.4). You can open it again by clicking that button. Keyboard shortcut: Press Alt+Space bar, then N.

  • Maximize button. Click this button to enlarge the window so that it fills the screen, gluing its edges to the screen borders. At this point, the maximize button turns into a restore down button (whose icon shows two overlapping rectangles), which you can click to return the window to its previous size. Keyboard shortcut: Press Alt+Space bar, then X.


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