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Make a Window Fill the Whole Screen in Windows 8

Sooner or later, you’ll grow tired of all this multiwindow mumbo jumbo in Windows 8. Why can’t you just make one window fill the screen, like Start screen apps? Well, you can.

To make any desktop window grow as large as possible, double-click its title bar, that bar along the window’s topmost edge. The window leaps up to fill the screen, covering up all the other windows.

To bring the pumped-up window back to its former size, double-click its title bar once again. The window quickly shrinks to its former size, and you can see things that it covered.

  • If you’re morally opposed to double-clicking a window’s title bar to expand it, you can click the little Maximize button. Shown in the margin, it’s the middle of the three buttons in the upper-right corner of every window.

  • When a window is maximized to fill the screen, the Maximize button turns into a Restore button, shown in the margin. Click the Restore button, and the window returns to its smaller size.

  • Need a brute force method? Then drag a window’s top edge until it butts against the top edge of your desktop. The shadow of the window’s borders will expand to fill the screen; let go of the mouse button, and the window’s borders fill the screen. (Yes, simply double-clicking the title bar is faster, but this method impresses any onlookers from neighboring cubicles.)

  • Too busy to reach for the mouse? Maximize the current window by holding down the Windows key and pressing the Up Arrow key.

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

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