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Changing the Window Size

Minimizing, Maxizing, Restoring, and Closing windows

The information in this mini-tutorial may be used for any type of window (Word, Excel, the Internet, etc.)  The information presented here is very basic, and intended for the computing "novice."  For the purposes of this tutorial, we are using Microsoft Word.  Your word processing program may differ slightly from the descriptions provided here.

1.  Open Microsoft Word.  You may click on the "W" icon on your screen or toolbar.  If you do not have the icon, click the "Start" button.  When the menu appears, click on "Programs." A new menu will appear. Click on "Microsoft Word."  (Some programs may offer Microsoft Office or other program.  Click on this selection and another menu will open. Click on "Word.")

2.  The screen is labeled "Document 1 - Microsoft Word" in the upper left corner.  This title (or a partial version of the title) also appears on the lower edge of the screen.

3.  In the upper right corner are three boxes.  This tutorial will describe the tasks of these three boxes.

The first box, illustrated by a horizontal line, is the "Minimize" box.  Clicking on this box will minimize (shrink) the window and reduce it to nothing but a title on the bottom of your screen.

To re-open this window, click on the title at the bottom of the screen.  If using an older Word program, the title may have compressed into a bar containing a partial title and the three boxes.  To re-open the file, click on the center ("maximize") box.

The second box is the "Maximize/Restore" box.  This box has two functions and is illustrated by one of two graphics.  When the window in question is fully open, the center box is illustrated with two small squares.  Clicking on this icon will "restore" your document.  It will appear smaller, thus allowing you to see a screen that may be hiding beneath it.  The "restore" function is useful when operating between multiple screens.

Notice that the center box is now illustrated with one single, larger square.  Clicking on this box will "Maximize" the file, rendering it to its original size. The graphic icon in the center box in the upper right hand of the screen will return to displaying two small squares.

The third box is the "Close" box and is illustrated with an "X."  Clicking on this box will close the file completely.  If you have performed any function (typing, editing, etc.) a screen will prompt you to either save the document with its changes (by clicking "Yes") or allow you to close, or throw away, the document by clicking "No."  If you have decided to continue working, or have changed your mind about closing the doucment, click "Cancel" at the prompt and the prompt screen will disappear.  You may now continue to work on your document.

You may perform these same four functions (minimize, maximize, restore, and close) other than by using the boxes in the upper right corner of the screen or document.

1.  With your Word document open, move your curser over the document title at the bottom of the screen.

2.  RIGHT-click with your mouse.

3.  A small screen will open highlighting the four screen-changing features.

4.  LEFT-click on any one of the choices given.