How Does a Window Title Bar Work in Windows 10? - dummies

How Does a Window Title Bar Work in Windows 10?

By Andy Rathbone

Found atop nearly every desktop window in Windows 10, the title bar usually lists the program name and the file or folder it’s currently displaying. For example, the figures show the title bars from the Windows WordPad and Notepad 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.

A title bar from WordPad.
A title bar from WordPad.
A title bar from Notepad.
A title bar from Notepad.

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 desktop. 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.

  • In Windows 10, both programs and apps place three square buttons on the right end of every title bar. 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 at the title bar along the window’s top edge. Specifically, look at the title of the window: One title will be darker than the other. (See how the word WordPad is darker than the word Notepad in the second window?) That color distinguishes that window from windows you arent working on. By glancing at all the title bars on the desktop, you can tell which window is awake and accepting anything you type.