Windows 95 is designed to
have several programs running at once.
Handling them requires a few simple
skills. Most objects run in a window
that has its own share of the screen.
This however can be changed to suit your
means a program XE "full screen:selecting display takes up all available space on the screen.
puts the XE "restore:window" object back into the mode in which it was previously running.
reduces the XE "minimize:window" object to a button down in the taskbar.
The view next below shows
the upper left and upper right corners
of QuickBooks and a bank account
register, both running full screen.
Notice that on the right there are two
identical sets of buttons, one set for the
program (QuickBooks) and one for the current
activity (bank account register.)
buttons (small x) shut XE "close button" down a window or exit a program. The one on the bank
account register merely closes the display of that account.
buttons (small double squares) are XE "restore button" showing in the illustration above, indicating
that QuickBooks and the register are each running full screen. Clicking either button basically is a command to
make the view of the object as big as it was before. From full screen the view will generally will return to a
window on part of the screen, sharing with any other windows currently open. The active window is usually
buttons ( _ symbol) reduce XE "minimize button" objects either to the taskbar, or to a box at the
bottom of the screen with its own set of controls which can be used to reactivate them into either normal or
maximize mode, or to close them.
buttons (small squares) showing XE "maximize button" in the illustration below indicate that the
objects are running in normal windows. Clicking this button enlarges the view to take up all the available space
on the screen (full screen). QuickBooks is usually better run at full screen.
(in the top left corners of these views) if XE "control menu" clicked once, drop a control menu.
Clicked twice, they close the object.
Situation: You are running a program full screen, on top of another program which was also running full screen,
and you want to start a third, from its icon on the desktop. How can you get directly to the desktop? You
can point the mouse in a blank area of the taskbar, and right click. From the menu select
Minimize all windows.
You can also do this without the mouse. Newer keyboards have a start key, bearing the Windows
logo. If you press and hold the start key, and then tap
M, all windows XE "minimize all windows" will be
minimized. ( If you simply press and release the start key, you get the