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Lesson 4. Working with Windows > Opening a Window - Pg. 26

Working with Windows 26 Border --The frame that surrounds the window. You can resize a window by stretching its border. Title bar -- Displays the title of the window, which includes the name of the program (if applicable) and the name of its active file. Minimize button --Click this button to remove the window from the screen temporarily. Maximize/Restore button -- Click the Maximize button, and the window fills the screen; click the Restore button to return the window to its former size. Close button --Click this button to close (exit) a window and its associated program. Vertical scrollbar --Use this scrollbar to view data hidden above or below the displayed data. Horizontal scrollbar --Use this scrollbar to view data hidden to the left or right of the displayed data. Menu bar --Containsthe main categories of commands you give to an application. When you click one of these main categories, its list of associated commands drops down, and you can select a command or pull up a submenu from that list. You'll learn how to use menus in Lesson 5, "Using Toolbars and Menus." Toolbar --Most applications use toolbars; they contain buttons you can click to perform common commands such as printing, opening, and saving a document. Status bar --Mostapplications include a status bar at the bottom of the window. It alerts you to changes in the program and provides other useful information. Opening a Window Generally, windows open themselves when you launch an application or when you open a document within that application. When you launch an application from the Start menu, from a Windows Explorer listing (discussed in Lesson 10, "Drive, Folder, and File Management Options,"), or by double-clicking its icon on the Desktop, the application responds by opening its own main window. For an application such as WordPad, which comes with Windows 98, the window that pops up will be empty, ready for you to enter data into it and save that data as a document file. But for more sophisticated applications such as Word 97, that empty document window might be contained within the application's main window. Tip Double-clicking typically means "Open up!," but if you're using the Web Style option, you can set up Windows to open a window with a single-click on a filename, folder, or icon. See Lesson 10, "Drive, Folder, and File Management Options," for help. Switching Between Windows Before you work with the contents of a window, that window must be active. For example, to use a particular program, you must activate the window in which it's contained. Regardless of how many windows you have open at the time, you can only have one active window. The active window appears with a brighter title bar than the other open windows (typically blue under the standard Windows 98 default desktop settings). To activate a window (in other words, to switch from one window to another), you can perform any of the following tasks: · Click any part of the open window · Press Alt+Tab to scroll through the list of open windows · Click the window's button on the taskbar