Windows 7 Tip 1

Windows 7 Tips

I started using a computer with Windows 7 this week, and while I am still getting used to it, I have discovered a few things that I want to share with you.

Today’s Windows 7 tip deals with windows management.

Have you noticed that the controls in the upper right hand corner of windows, (the ones that minimize and maximize your window) seem to get smaller and harder to use? It is especially difficult if your hand is not steady and the mouse pointer shakes a little bit.


Windows 7 has some new tool built into each window that allow you to easily resize the windows without using those buttons.

First, if you want to maximize a window, just point to the title bar (blue bar along the entire top edge of the window, and holding down the left mouse button drag the window towards the top of the screen. When it gets close to the top of the screen, it will automatically maximize the window.

If, (like me) you discover this feature while trying to rearrange your windows, simply dragging the title bar back down a little bit will put the window back to it’s normal size.

If you want a window to stay the same width, but automatically be the full height of the screen, just point your mouse cursor to the top or bottom edge of the window until the arrow becomes a vertical, two sided arrow. Hold down your left mouse button and drag the edge of your window up if you are at the top of the window, (or down if you are at the bottom of the window) and when you get close to the edge of your screen, the window will automatically adjust to the full height of the screen.

I think these two features are not only cool, but once you get used to using them, they will make moving your windows around very easy.

More tips to come next week.


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