How to manipulate windows in Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
Computers are very useful tools, but new users often have difficulty manipulating the windows that are used to display information. The aim here is to describe how to move, resize, maximise or minimise the Windows that appear on screen, when using programs or folders.
What you'll need:
You will need a personal computer with a Microsoft Windows Operating System running either XP, Vista or 7.
A program running, or a folder window open, eg., ‘My Documents’
Left Click the middle button in the top right hand side of the window(it will have a square or double square in it). If it has the single square, clicking in it will make the window fill the screen. If it has a double square, then clicking in it will make the window size become adjustable as described in step 3.
Click this a few times, until you become used to how it toggles between full screen and adjustable. The window size may not vary much, as it depends on how the adjustable size was set initially, so don’t worry at this stage, as it will become clearer later in step 3.
To adjust the size of the window, hover the mouse pointer over any outer edge of the window, until a double headed arrow appears. (If the window size is large, you may only be able to see one half of the double arrow head). When the arrow head is visible, left click on it, and hold down the mouse button, whilst dragging to the required window size. This works for all sides of the window.
Now that the size has been adjusted to your requirements, you could, for example, have 2 windows open at the same time, side by side, in order to move or copy files, one to the other.
To move a window, that is not full screen, to a new position, first left click in the 'title bar', which is the bar running along the top of the window. Then hold down the mouse button whilst you drag to the new position. (Note – clicking anytime in a window’s title bar, makes that window ‘active', now any action you take applies to that window alone).
The button marked like a negative symbol, is used for minimising a window. Clicking in this box sends the window down to the task bar, (the long horizontal bar that runs along the bottom of the screen, next to the ‘START’ button). To re-activate the window, left click on it in the task bar.
To close the window, left click on the ‘X’ button in the top right hand corner of the window.
This 'How to' has dealt with basic window manipulation, and should enable you to do most tasks requiring file management.
Print this 'How to', and have it at the side of the computer as you try it out. It will make it easier to work on.