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Ask the editor - Monitors, windows, and tabs—oh my!

How can I manage all these windows?! It feels like a juggling game!
— -KDS




   We definitely feel for you! It seems like everywhere we look, new applications we need to use for our jobs are coming out of the woodwork, and… oh look at that - another email I have to look at today...Open, Minimize, Maximize, Close…(repeat ad infinitum).

      Fortunately for us, Microsoft gets window management very well, and there’s several tools built into Windows 7, 8, and 10 that can really help us out here.

So we don’t leave anyone behind, let’s cover the basics.

  The top bar of any application is called the ‘Title Bar’, and typically contains these buttons (in order):

Minimize - Maximize - Close.

Minimizing shrinks the Program, or Window, down to the ‘Task Bar’ so that the screen can be used for something else. It looks like this:


 In each of these images, the left icon is an application or program that is not currently in use.

    The right icon is an application or program that is running, but Minimized.

Maximizing makes a Window fill the whole screen, and Closing… well, you get the picture.

   Now that we’re all on the same page, let’s get into the cool stuff!

If you right-click on a blank space on the Task Bar, other window options will become available, like:

Ø Show Windows Stacked


Ø Show Windows Side by Side


Ø Cascade Windows.


  Try them all out! ‘Show Windows side by Side’ is my personal favorite. Further, Windows 7 through 10 allows for you to drag a window to the screen edges, making a glow or square appear. If you release after seeing that animation - the window will ‘snap’ to fit in half of your screen!

If you like using your keyboard rather than your mouse, try holding down the Windows key while tapping the Tab key. Windows 7 and 10 do something very different when this is activated - but both allow you to see all your running applications at the same time!

The final one I’ll leave you with is Windows + Arrow Keys. Holding down the Windows key and tapping the Arrow Keys (up, down, left, right) allow you to move the currently open window around the screen neatly without touching your mouse! Note that the ‘up’ and ‘down’ options only work with Windows 10.

Well KDS, I hope those tips help you stay organized as much as they do for us. Remember - if you’re using a lot of applications at once, multiple screens are always an option!


Robbie Pence, Technician, Trainer,



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