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Move, Close, and Resize Windows in Windows 8

A terrible dealer at the poker table, Windows 8 tosses windows around your desktop in a seemingly random way. Programs cover each other or sometimes dangle off the desktop. Luckily, you are able to move windows around to suit yourself.

Move a window from here to there

Sometimes you want to move a window to a different place on the desktop. Perhaps part of the window hangs off the edge, and you want it centered. Or maybe you want one window closer to another.

In either case, you can move a window by dragging and dropping its title bar, that thick bar along its top. When you drop the window in place, the window not only remains where you’ve dragged and dropped it but it also stays on top of the pile — until you click another window, that is, which brings that window to the pile’s top.

How to close a window in Windows 8

When you’re through working in a window, close it: Click the little X in its upper-right corner. Zap! You’re back to an empty desktop.

If you try to close your window before finishing your work, be it a game of Solitaire or a report for the boss, Windows cautiously asks whether you’d like to save your work. Take it up on its offer by clicking Yes and, if necessary, typing in a filename so that you can find your work later.

Make a window bigger or smaller

Like big lazy dogs, windows tend to flop on top of one another. To space your windows more evenly, you can resize them by dragging and dropping their edges inward or outward. It works like this:

  1. Point at any corner with the mouse arrow. When the arrow turns into a two-headed arrow, pointing in the two directions, you can hold down the mouse button and drag the corner in or out to change the window’s size.

  2. When you’re happy with the window’s new size, release the mouse button.

    As the yoga master says, the window assumes the new position.

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

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