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How to Tug on a Windows 8 Title Bar

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Found atop nearly every window, the title bar usually lists the program name and the file it's currently working on. For example, the following figure shows the title bars from the Windows 8 WordPad (top) and Notepad (bottom) programs. The WordPad title bar lists the file's name as Document because you haven't had a chance to save and name the file yet.

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Although mild-mannered, the mundane title bar holds hidden powers, described in the following tips:

  • Title bars make convenient handles for moving windows around your desktop. Point at a blank part of the title bar, hold down the mouse button, and move the mouse around: The window follows along as you move your mouse. Found the right location? Let go of the mouse button, and the window sets up camp in its new spot.

  • Double-click a blank portion of the title bar, and the window leaps to fill the entire screen. Double-click it again, and the window retreats to its original size.

  • See the cluster of little icons in the WordPad program's top-left corner? Those icons form the Quick Access Toolbar, which is part of what Microsoft calls a Ribbon interface. The icons offer one-click access to common tasks such as saving a file.

  • The right end of the title bar contains three square buttons. From left to right, they let you Minimize, Restore (or Maximize), or Close a window.

  • To find the window you're currently working on, look for a darker title bar sporting a red Close button in its top-right corner. Those colors distinguish that window from windows you aren't working on. By glancing at all the title bars on the screen, you can tell which window is awake and accepting anything you type.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.


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