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Quick Tip: How To Change Window Size

Changing the size of a window

Adjusting the size and shape of a window (or windows) allows for greater flexibility when working on a computer, as well as making it easier to “drag and drop” something from one location to another. I frequently adjust my windows so that they are side-by-side.

window_control To get started, look to the upper right corner of any open window. There you’ll see three familiar buttons – minimize (to the Taskbar), Maximize (sometimes confused with “open”), and Close and Exit (red X).

• To make a window fill the entire screen, click its Maximize button maximize button or double-click the window’s title bar.

• To return a maximized window to its former size, click its Restore button restore window button (this appears in place of the Maximize button). Or, double-click the window’s title bar.

• To resize a window (make it smaller or bigger), move your cursor to point to any of the window’s borders or corners. When the mouse pointer changes to a two-headed arrow (see picture below), drag the border or corner to shrink or enlarge the window.

resizing a window

Drag a window’s border or corner to resize it

A window that is maximized cannot be resized. You must restore it to its previous size first.

Note: Although most windows can be maximized and resized, there are some windows that are fixed in size, such as dialog boxes.

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  1. TechPaul,

    Great tips… Tips such as this is very much needed for many users out there… The one tip you have reflected where you “double click” the “title bar” to “restore” a Window to “full size” is one of those tips that I have found people do not know about.

    Good job!

    Rick

    Comment by Ramblinrick | August 7, 2009 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I sometimes am guilty of neglecting the “basics” as I assume that “everybody knows that”, when in fact it is not a default behavior and must be learned.

      Geek snobbery, I think it’s called.

      But then I remember.

      Thank you for your support.

      Comment by techpaul | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. Do you know how to alter WHERE a window appears on a screen? I open notepad, and the window appears on the upper right of my monitor … I want it to appear upper left.

    Comment by Kirk | August 8, 2009 | Reply

    • Kirk,
      Hmmm… you know, I have never thought about that. But I think that if you get the window just to your liking, and then hold down the Ctrl key and click on the red X (Close & Exit), the next time you Open that app it will go where and how you had it.

      Give it a try. I works for me on my Vista Home Premium.

      Comment by techpaul | August 8, 2009 | Reply

      • That’s the trick Paul, thanks! Tried it at home on XP SP1, XP SP2, and Vista boxes … worked on them all!

        Comment by Kirk | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  3. I *think* I already know how to do that

    Comment by kloplop321 | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  4. To learn all this window sizing is great. I’ve only used max. and min. To drop and drag, to open more than one window is so handy, thanks Paul.

    Gaia

    Comment by Gaia | August 11, 2009 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I thank you for your support.

      Comment by techpaul | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  5. just wondering if anybody knows how to disable the “double-click your title bar bit”??? i restored my computer to box settings a couple months back and now it does it when im scrolling and all sorts of other random times.

    Comment by Corrinne | October 31, 2009 | Reply

    • Corrinne,
      The only time I have run into an issue similar to what you describe, was on an Windows XP machine and the owner had been experimenting with downloaded 3rd-party Themes..

      Restoring the Theme to the default “Windows XP” cured the issue. So you might take a look there. (right click on desktop > properties > under Appearance tab)
      Or you might download a “tweak tool”, which will allow you to set behaviors.
      XP users should download the TweakUI powertoy from Microsoft, and Vista users might use VistaTweak.

      I am afraid I would have to look at your machine to be any more helpful than that. Good luck.

      Comment by techpaul | October 31, 2009 | Reply

  6. how do you resize the window box??? I know how to do all of min and max buttons and the stretching to change but even if I stretch page out the content on the pg does not get bigger just the background does

    Comment by DEBBIE | February 4, 2013 | Reply

    • DEBBIE,
      I could be misunderstanding you, but I suspect that you are describing using a web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome) to view a website, and that when you change the window size, it is not changing the webpage’s layout/font size, etc.
      Which is normal, because the webmaster, and your browsers Preferences (aka “settings”) determine those things. Changing the window size only changes your “working area”.

      If what you are trying to do is make things bigger, you might have more luck by “zoom”-ing. Hold down the Ctrl key and tap the “+” key to zoom in, and the Ctrl and the “-” key to shrink things.

      Comment by techpaul | February 4, 2013 | Reply


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