Any folder or application, when opened, is displayed in a box on the computer screen called a window. This keeps it separate from other tasks and it can be resized and moved around the screen if required.
To switch between two open windows, press Alt + Tab.
To switch between several windows, hold down the Alt key and press Tab to cycle through all the open windows. When the chosen window is reached, release both keys to make it the active window.
You can also access the Taskbar to go through a list of open applications. Press Windows + T to access the Taskbar. This takes you to the Start Button. Arrow to the right to access any open applications and press Enter to focus on one.
The Window Control Menu
In the top right hand corner of nearly every window on the PC, there are three mouse accessible buttons. They are for minimising, maximising and closing the window. These buttons can be accessed without the mouse by pressing Alt + Spacebar for the Window Control menu.
Minimising a window moves it out of the way and puts a shortcut icon down on the Task Bar at the bottom of the screen. To minimise a window, press Alt + Spacebar, then press N.
Maximising a window makes it fill the whole screen. To maximise a window, press Alt + Spacebar, then press X.
To close a window, just press Alt + F4.
You can also use the Window Control menu to restore, resize and move a window.
To restore a window to its original size before it was maximised, press Alt + Space, then press R.
To resize a window:
- Press Alt + Space, then press S.
- Use the arrow keys to resize.
- Press Enter to confirm the change of size.
To move a window:
- Press Alt + Space, then press M.
- Use the arrow keys to move the window to the desired position.
- Press Enter to confirm the new position.