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Window sizing

From: Up and Running with Windows 8

Video: Window sizing

Many of thee applications you'll use in Windows 8 will operate in the desktop environment and that means that instead of filling thee entire screen the way metro applications do, they might fill just a window of a particular size, but in most cases you can (INAUDIBLE) Actually change the size of that window. For example, I'm browsing a Web page in Internet Explorer at the moment. And you can see that the page is taking up more space than is available. Now I can't necessarily fit an entire page on to the screen. That depends in large part on just how big the page is. In this case regardless of how large I make this window it will take scrolling at least vertically but I can adjust the size and position of this window. To begin with I can move a window around all I need to do is click on the title bar and drag to move that window into a different location. I can also resize the window.

Window sizing

Many of thee applications you'll use in Windows 8 will operate in the desktop environment and that means that instead of filling thee entire screen the way metro applications do, they might fill just a window of a particular size, but in most cases you can (INAUDIBLE) Actually change the size of that window. For example, I'm browsing a Web page in Internet Explorer at the moment. And you can see that the page is taking up more space than is available. Now I can't necessarily fit an entire page on to the screen. That depends in large part on just how big the page is. In this case regardless of how large I make this window it will take scrolling at least vertically but I can adjust the size and position of this window. To begin with I can move a window around all I need to do is click on the title bar and drag to move that window into a different location. I can also resize the window.

For example I can move my mouse over to the right edge and then when I see that double headed arrow icon for my mouse pointer I can click and drag to the right in this case to enlarge the window. Or to the left to reduce the size of the window. I can also grab a corner if I want to re-size both the height and width at the same time. There are also some snapping behaviors that you might want to take advantage of. If I drag downward towards the task bar, at some point I'll see a little circle indicating that I've reached the bottom and that if I release the mouse, the window will automatically be re-sized.

To fill the available height, and I can do the same thing for the width. I can also move the window around while it's vertically enlarged, so to speak. And I can grab a corner to resize the window altogether. If the window is relatively small in the display area, I can also drag the title bar upward, toward the top of the screen. And when I reach the top, you'll see that I get an overall halo around my desktop environment. If I release the mouse there, the window will be maximized. In other words it will take up all of the available space.

I also have some control buttons at the top right of the window display. The first of those buttons is Minimize, that will minimize the window down to the task bar, so that the window essentially disappears, I can then click on the task bar icon for that application to bring the window back. The second button toggles between what's called restore down and maximize at the moment because my window is already maximized if I click this button the window will be restored down to its original smaller size and if I click that button a second time. The window will be maximized to fill all of the available space. And finally, when I'm finished with this widow all together, and I'm ready to close it, I can simply click the X button to close that particular window, in essence, closing that application, in this case, Internet Explorer. So that gives you a sense of the overall basics when it comes to working with windowed applications within the desktop environment.

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Up and Running with Windows 8

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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      2m 3s
  2. 31m 6s
    1. A Windows 8 overview
      3m 53s
    2. Changing your environment
      3m 5s
    3. Customizing live tiles
      4m 14s
    4. Helpful keyboard shortcuts
      3m 41s
    5. Using gestures
      4m 18s
    6. Handwriting recognition on a tablet
      3m 7s
    7. Creating and using a picture password
      3m 25s
    8. Working with your account
      3m 0s
    9. Power options
      2m 23s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Basics of Metro applications
      3m 24s
    2. Working with a typical application
      4m 10s
    3. Updating applications
      2m 27s
    4. Browsing with Internet Explorer 10
      5m 58s
    5. Managing contacts with People
      4m 29s
    6. Configuring and using Mail
      5m 41s
    7. Connecting with Messenger
      4m 16s
    8. Staying organized with Calendar
      6m 7s
    9. Finding places with Maps
      6m 3s
    10. Getting more applications in the Windows Store
      3m 43s
    11. Purchasing applications
      2m 54s
    12. Organizing the Start screen
      2m 59s
    13. Accessing all applications
      2m 47s
    14. Running applications side by side
      3m 28s
    15. Closing applications
      2m 11s
    16. Unpinning or removing applications
      2m 4s
  4. 28m 0s
    1. Working with photos
      5m 56s
    2. Sharing photos
      3m 29s
    3. Copying videos to your computer
      3m 36s
    4. Watching movies and TV shows
      2m 23s
    5. Playing music
      4m 9s
    6. Using the Reader
      3m 59s
    7. Sharing with SkyDrive
      4m 28s
  5. 28m 13s
    1. Accessing and personalizing the desktop
      4m 55s
    2. Using desktop applications
      2m 23s
    3. Window sizing
      2m 57s
    4. Creating a desktop shortcut
      3m 8s
    5. Working with the File Explorer
      6m 11s
    6. Safely removing a device
      2m 51s
    7. Using the Recycle Bin
      3m 12s
    8. Snipping for screen captures
      2m 36s
  6. 18m 7s
    1. Changing Windows settings
      4m 20s
    2. Protecting your PC with Windows Defender
      5m 20s
    3. Adding devices
      2m 56s
    4. Printing
      2m 53s
    5. Backing up your files
      2m 38s

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