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Minimising and Maximising windows

Author: Celia Taylor

Affiliation: University of Huddersfield

Date written: May 2005

 

 

 

 

When you are working in a CAQDAS package there will be a number of windows and it is important you know how to minimise (make smaller) and maximise (make bigger) windows. You can also drag a window to decrease or increase the size. This will allow you to work within the windows at a size that suits your style of working. In the top right corner of every window are 3 buttons.

Minimise button

Minimise window button

Figure 1. Minimise window button

If you are still working in a window but do not need to look at it while you work in another window you can click on the 'minimise button' and the window will then appear as button in the task bar at the bottom of the screen. When you want to work in the window again you can click on the relevant button in the task bar to restore the window.

Restore button

Restore window at a reduced size button

Figure 2. Restore window at a reduced size button

Full size button

Figure 3. Restore window at full size button

When you are working in a window at full size (see figure. 1) you may decide to reduce the size so you can work in another window at the same time. You can reduce the size by clicking on the 'restore button' this will reduce the size of the window (see figure. 2). If you require the window any smaller you can place the mouse cursor at the edge of the screen when it changes from a white arrow to a double headed black arrow you can drag the edges of the window to the size you require. When you want to return the window to full screen size click on the 'restore button'.

Close button

Close window button

Figure 3. Close window button

If you have finished using a window for your current session you can click on the 'close button' and the window will close completely. This button is easy to click on by mistake (when you meant to use the minimise button) and can ultimately result in you losing any unsaved changes in that window and if it is the main window exit you from the program. Thankfully many software packages will ask if you want to save your latest changes to a file before it will close the window

Microsoft Word Window at full size and reduced size

Figure 4. Microsoft Word Window at full size and reduced size