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For Seniors: How to Resize a Window on Your Computer

When you open a program window on your computer, you can resize the window to best fit your needs. You can maximize the window to fill the whole screen, restore it down to a smaller window, or minimize it to an icon on the taskbar.

  • To reduce the size of the window: With an application open and maximized, click the Restore Down button (the icon showing two overlapping windows) in the top-right corner of the program window.

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  • To enlarge a window: Click the Maximize button to enlarge a window you previously minimized. (Note: The Maximize button is in the same location as the Restore Down button; the button name changes, depending on whether you have the screen reduced in size or maximized. A ScreenTip identifies the button when you rest your mouse pointer on it.)

  • To minimize a window to an icon on the taskbar: Click the Minimize button. (This button appears to the left of the Restore Down/Maximize button and looks like a small bar.) To open the window again, just click the taskbar icon.

With a window maximized, you can’t move the window. If you reduce a window in size, you can then click and hold the title bar to drag the window around the desktop, which is one way to view more than one window on your screen at the same time. You can also click and drag the corners of a reduced window to resize it to any size you want.

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