Chapter 6. Working With Windows

Manipulating Windows

This section describes how to manipulate windows.

To Give Focus to a Window

A window that has focus can receive input from the mouse and the keyboard. Only one window can have focus at a time. The window that has focus has a different appearance than other windows.

You can use the following elements to give focus to a window:

Element

Action

Mouse

Click on the window, if the window is visible.

Shortcut keys

Use shortcut keys to switch between the windows that are open. To give focus to a window, release the keys. The default shortcut keys to switch between windows are Alt-Tab.

Window List

Click on the button that represents the window in Window List.

Window Selector

Click on the Window Selector icon. A list of your open windows is displayed. Select the window from the list.

Workspace Switcher

Click on the window that you want to give focus to in the Workspace Switcher display. If you click on a window in another workspace, Workspace Switcher switches to the new workspace, and gives focus to the window.

To Minimize a Window

To minimize a window, perform one of the following actions:

  • Click on the Minimize button on the window frame.

  • Open the Window Menu, then choose Minimize.

  • If the window has focus, click on the button that represents the window in Window List. If the window does not have focus, click twice on the button that represents the window.

  • Right-click on the button that represents the window in Window List, then choose Minimize from the popup menu.

To Maximize a Window

When you maximize a window, the window expands as much as possible. To maximize a window, perform one of the following actions:

  • To maximize the window, click on the Maximize button on the window frame. Alternatively, open the Window Menu, then choose Maximize.

  • Right-click on the button that represents the window in Window List, then choose Maximize from the Window Menu.

To Restore a Window

To restore a maximized window, perform one of the following actions:

  • Click on the Maximize button on the window frame.

  • Open the Window Menu. Choose Unmaximize.

  • Right-click on the button that represents the window in Window List to open the Window Menu. Choose Unmaximize.

To restore a minimized window, click on the button that represents the window in Window List.

To Place a Window on Top of Other Windows

To place a window on top of other windows, open the Window Menu, then choose On Top.

To Close a Window

To close a window perform one of the following actions:

  • Click on the Close Window button on the window frame.

  • Open the Window Menu. Choose Close.

  • Right-click on the button that represents the window in Window List, then choose Close from the Window Menu.

If you have unsaved data in the window, you are prompted to save your data.

To Resize a Window

To resize a window perform one of the following actions:

  • Point to a corner of the window. The mouse pointer changes to indicate that you can resize the window. Grab the corner and drag the window to the new size.

  • Right-click on the button that represents the window in Window List. Choose Resize from the Window Menu. Use the arrow keys to resize the window.

  • Press-and-hold Alt, then middle-click near the corner that you want to resize. The mouse pointer changes to indicate that you can resize from the corner. To resize the window, drag from the corner on which you middle-clicked.

  • To resize a window horizontally point to one of the vertical edges of the window. The mouse pointer changes to indicate that you can resize the window. Grab the edge and drag the window to the new size.

  • To resize a window vertically point to the bottom edge of the window. The mouse pointer changes to indicate that you can resize the window. Grab the edge and drag the window to the new size.

Note

You cannot resize some dialog windows. Also, some application windows have a minimum size below which you cannot reduce the window.

To Move a Window

To move a window perform one of the following actions:

  • Grab the titlebar of the window and drag the window to the new location.

  • Press-and-hold Alt, then drag the window to the new location.

  • Open the Window Menu, then choose Move. Use the arrow keys to move the window to the new location.

  • Right-click on the button that represents the window in Window List, then choose Move from the Window Menu. Use the arrow keys to move the window to the new location.

To Roll Up a Window

You can roll up and roll down windows, as follows:

Roll up

Reduce the window so that only the titlebar is visible.

Roll down

Switch a window from a rolled-up state so that the full window is displayed.

To roll up a window perform one of the following actions:

  • Double-click on the titlebar of the window. To roll down the window, double-click on the titlebar again. You must select Roll up in the Windows preferences tool to perform this action.

  • Right-click on the button that represents the window in Window List, then choose Roll Up from the Window Menu. To roll down the window, choose Unroll.

To Put a Window on All Workspaces

To put a window in all workspaces, open the Window Menu. Choose Put on All Workspaces. To set the window to appear only in the current workspace, choose Only on This Workspace.

To Move a Window to Another Workspace

You can move a window to another workspace in either of the following ways:

  • Use Workspace Switcher

    In the Workspace Switcher display, drag the window to the workspace you require.

  • Use the Window Menu

    Open the Window Menu. To move the window to another workspace, choose Move to Workspace Right or Move to Workspace Left. Alternatively, Move to Another Workspace workspace-name.