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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Microsoft Windows 8 by Paul McFedries

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Breaking a Sweat: Desktop Window Exercises

Before getting to the specifics of using the four main window techniques—minimizing, maximizing, moving, and sizing—let’s see how they can solve some niggling Windows problems and help you work better.

Problem #1: You have an open program that you know you won’t need for a while. It’s taking up desktop space, but you don’t want to close it. The solution is to minimize the program’s window; which means that it’s cleared off the desktop, but remains open and appears only as a taskbar button. You can’t move or size a window if it’s either maximized or minimized.

Problem #2: You want the largest possible work area for a program. The solution is to maximize the program’s window; this enlarges the window so ...

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