How to Manipulate App Windows in Windows 10

By Peter Weverka

Part of Windows 10 For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Applications and files open in windows. Windows are so important in Windows 10, they named the operating system after them. Here are some techniques for handling windows:

  • Moving: Drag the title bar — the area along the top of the window where the name of the file or application you are working on is listed.

  • Resizing: Move the pointer or your finger over a side or corner of the window. Then drag up or down (to change the window’s height) or left or right (to change the window’s width). By dragging the corner of a window, you can change the height and width simultaneously.

  • Switching: To go from one window to another:

    • Select the Task View button on the taskbar. Thumbnail versions of all open windows appear. Select a thumbnail. Besides selecting the Task View button to go to Task view, you can press the Windows key + Tab or swipe from the left edge of the screen.

    • Select an icon on the taskbar. If you’ve opened more than one file with an application, select the application’s icon and then select the file’s thumbnail (it appears above the application icon).

    • Press Alt+Tab and continue to hold down the Alt key. A screen showing thumbnails of all open windows appears. Still holding down the Alt key, press the left or right arrow key to select a thumbnail, and release the Alt key.

  • Snapping: Drag the window to a side or corner of the screen. The window “snaps” to the side or corner such that it occupies one side or one corner of the screen.

  • Closing: Click or tap the Close button (the X) in the upper-right corner of the screen, or press Alt+F4.