Shrink and Retrieve Windows from the Windows 8 Taskbar

By Andy Rathbone

Windows spawn windows. To combat the clutter, Windows 8 provides a simple means of window control: Use the Minimize button to shrink a window. The screen-cluttering square morphs into a tiny button on the taskbar, which sits along the bottom of the screen.

See the three buttons lurking in just about every window’s top-right corner? Click the Minimize button — the one on the left, with the little line in it. 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?

The Notepad app is minimized, and its icon is in the taskbar.
The Notepad app is minimized, and its icon is in the taskbar.
  • 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 8 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.