How to Shrink and Expand Windows in the Windows 10 Taskbar

By Andy Rathbone

To combat the clutter caused by multiple windows crowded across the desktop, Windows 10 provides a simple means of window control: You can transform a window from a screen-cluttering square into a tiny button on the taskbar along the bottom of the screen. The solution is the Minimize button.

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See the three buttons lurking in just about every window’s top-right corner? Click the Minimize button — the button with the little line in it, shown in the margin. Whoosh! The window disappears, represented by its little button on the taskbar at your screen’s bottom.

To make a minimized program on the taskbar revert to a regular, onscreen window, just click its icon on the taskbar. Pretty simple, huh?

  • Can’t find the taskbar icon for the window you want to minimize or maximize? If you hover your mouse pointer over the taskbar button, Windows displays a thumbnail photo of that program or the program’s name.

  • When you minimize a window, you neither destroy its contents nor close the program. And when you click the window’s name on the taskbar, it reopens to the same size you left it, showing its same contents.