Window operations

Windows can be resized or concealed to suit workflow.

Minimize, restore and close

To minimize or hide a window:

  • Click the - in the top left hand corner of the application's menu bar. If the application is maximized (taking up your whole screen), the menu bar will appear at the very top of the screen. Otherwise, the minimize button will appear at the top of the application window.

  • Or press Alt+Space to bring up the window menu. Then press n. The window 'disappears' into the launcher.

To restore the window:

  • Click on it in the launcher or retrieve it from the window switcher by pressing Alt+Tab.

To close the window:

  • Click the x in the top left hand corner of the window, or

  • Press Alt+F4, or

  • Press Alt+Space to bring up the window menu. Then press c.

Resize

A window cannot be resized if it is maximized.

To resize your window horizontally and/or vertically:

  • Move the mouse pointer into any corner of the window until it changes into a 'corner-pointer'. Click+hold+drag to resize the window in any direction.

To resize only in the horizontal direction:

  • Move the mouse pointer to either side of the window until it changes into a 'side-pointer'. Click+hold+drag to resize the window horizontally.

To resize only in the vertical direction:

  • Move the mouse pointer to the top or bottom of the window until it changes into a 'top-pointer' or 'bottom-pointer' respectively. Click+hold+drag to resize the window vertically.

Arranging windows in your workspace

To place two windows side by side:

  • Click on the title bar of a window and drag it toward the left edge of the screen. When the mouse pointer touches the edge, the left half of the screen becomes highlighted. Release the mouse button and the window will fill the left half of the screen.

  • Drag another window to the right side: when the right half of the screen is highlighted, release. Each of the two windows fills half the screen.

Pressing Alt + click anywhere in a window will allow you to move the window. Some people may find this easier than clicking on the title bar of an application.