The ability to have several windows open at once is one of the most useful features of Windows. But it also causes trouble. All those windows get in each others' way.
In the exercise below you will use several methods for corralling your wayward windows.
You have already seen how to switch to a different window by clicking its button on the Taskbar. There are several ways to arrange your windows and to switch between them.
|What you will do:
| Manage multiple windows
- Drag to arrange windows
- Cascade windows
- Switch between windows with ALT + TAB
- Tile windows
Start with: Desktop with Taskbar showing.
Only windows that are showing on the Desktop can be 'arranged'. The browser with these directions is not shown in the images below of the arrangements of windows because it was minimized at the time.
If you have not paused in working the exercises, you should now have open on the desktop - Solitaire, Calculator, and Calculator Help. (If you interrupted your session at the computer, just open these applications again.)
Win8, Win8.1: Open a copy of Paint, which is a Desktop program, instead of Solitaire won't show in the Desktop view. It's a Metro/Modern app.
[On the Start screen, type paint and press ENTER when the Paint app is selected.]
Open Notepad: From the Start menu, open Notepad.
( > > > )
Win8, Win8.1: Start screen > type Notepad > Press Enter when the app is selected in the search results
Arrange windows: Drag the Title bar
for Calculator until it overlaps the Calculator Help window and release the mouse button.
Which window is on top?
In early versions of Windows, Help always remained on top by
default. In some applications Help windows are still set to remain on top all
Drag other windows to Calculator Help. What is on top?
Drag the windows around so that as much of each window as possible is visible. You may resize windows, if you wish.
Cascade: Right click on the taskbar and from the context-sensitive menu, choose Cascade Windows. How does the arrangement change?
There is no Undo command for arranging windows.
Switch between windows:
Press the keys ALT + TAB and keep holding down the ALT key.
You will see a small window with the thumbnails for all the open applications and the Desktop. The icon with the box around it is the active one and its name is also shown.
While continuing to hold the ALT key down, press TAB again.
The next application in the list is now the active one.
Release the keys. The program that was selected is now the active program and is on top of the other applications. It's title bar is a different color from the inactive programs.
Some programs will remember the last window size the next time you open the program.