Minimize, Restore, Maximize, Close, etc. Shortcuts & Tricks

Minimize, Restore, Maximize, Close, Resize, and Move buttons are also called the Window Control Buttons or Control Buttons, appear at the top right corner of any (Application) Window of a Chrome browser, Mozilla Firefox browser, MS Office application, Adobe applications, Microsoft Edge browser, and many more. These are discussed with excellent keyboard shortcuts you don’t know. Please practice all the shortcut keys one by one while you are reading this article. Don’t leave without reading fully of this amazing article. If you do so, you won’t become an expert in controlling any application’s window. Because these shortcuts are used frequently by the people who use PC’s, Laptops, Tabs, and Mobiles.

Shortcut Keys to Minimize, Restore, Maximize, Close, etc.

  • To minimize all open windows at once, press “Window + M”.
  • To maximize all open windows at once, (without pressing a different key, immediately after pressing “Window + M”) press “Window + M”.
  • To minimize all open windows at a time, press “Window + D”.
  • To maximize all windows at once, (after minimizing windows by using the “Window + M”) press “Window + D”.
  • Press Alt + Space or right click on the top of (Title bar) the bar to show Hidden Control Buttons of any window.
  • To restore, or minimize a window, press “Window + Down Arrow”.
  • To move a restore window left or right, press “Window + Left or Right Arrow”.
  • To maximize a restore window, press “Window + Up Arrow”.
  • To minimize a window after pressing “Alt + Space”, hit the “N” key on the keyboard.
  • To restore a window after pressing “Alt + Space”, hit the “R” key on the keyboard.
  • To maximize a window when it is on restore mode, press “Alt + Space”, then hit the “X” key on the keyboard.
  • To minimize all windows that are behind the active window at once, press “Window + home” key.
  • To resize a window when it is on restore mode, press “Alt + Space”, then hit the “S” key, and then press one of the “Arrow Keys” on the keyboard.
  • To move a window when it is on restore mode, press “Alt + Space”, then hit the “M” key, and then press one of the “Arrow Keys” on the keyboard.
  • To close a window press “Alt + F4”.
  • To close one by one tabs of the window (or current document not a window) press “Ctrl+ W”.
  • To create a new tab, press “Ctrl + T”.
  • To reopen any tab, press “Ctrl + Shift+ T”.
  • To bookmark a tab press  “Ctrl + D”.
  • To bookmark all the tabs press “Ctrl + Shift + D”.
Minimize, Restore, Maximize, Close. etc. Keyboard Shortcuts & Tricks​
Minimize, restore, maximize, resize, move, and close a window
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What do we call Minimize, Maximize, Restore, and Close Buttons?

Minimize, Maximize, Restore Down, Move, Resize, and Close buttons are also called Control Buttons or, Hidden Control Buttons. Control Buttons appear at the top right corner of any window or other applications, and you can see Hidden Control Buttons when you right-click on the title bar of any window or application.

How to Minimize a Window:

When you minimize the document it disappears on the screen, then you can see only an application icon on the taskbar. This mode of an application helps you see the desktop and access other work.

Minimize a window

What is the Shortcut Keys to Minimize a Window:

Click on the “Minimize” button which is at the top right corner of the title bar as given in the picture above.

Keyboard Shortcuts:

  • Keyboard Shortcuts to minimize an open window, press “Window + M”.
  • To restore, or minimize a window, press “Window + Down Arrow”.
  • To minimize a window after pressing “Alt + Space”, hit the “N” key on the keyboard.
  • To minimize a window after pressing “Alt + Space”, hit the “N” key on the keyboard.

What is the Shortcut Key to Minimize All Windows a Time:

  • Shortcut key to minimize all the open windows at a time, press “Window + D”.

Restoring Down a Window or a Word Document:

The Restore Down mode shrinks the document size on the desktop. Generally, this mode is easier to resize, move, open files and share the contents.

Maximize or Restore down

Keyboard Shortcuts to “Restore Down” a Window/Application:

  1. Click on the Restore button, which appears at the top right corner of the title bar, then automatically the size of a window shrinks on the screen (desktop).
  2. Move your cursor at any corner/side of the application till your mouse cursor changes as double-headed arrow.
  3. Then click and hold down the left mouse button, and then drag in or out the word document/application to (Resize) increase or decrease size of the document.
Keyboard Shortcuts:

·        To restore, or minimize a window, press “Window + Down Arrow”.

·        To restore a window after pressing “Alt + Space”, hit the “R” key on the keyboard.

Shortcut Keys for Maximizing a Window or Word Document:

When you click on the Maximize button, automatically the size of an application fits the window, when it is on the restore down mode. Generally, working on the maximize mode is so easier than other modes.

Maximize or Restore down

Follow the steps below on “Maximizing” the Application:

Click on the Maximize button (When it is on the Restore down mode, then the size of a window fits the screen (desktop).

Keyboard Shortcuts:

·        To maximize a restore window, press “Window + Up Arrow.

 

·       To maximize a window when it is on restore mode, press “Alt + Space”, then hit the “X” key on the keyboard.

Keyboard Shortcut for Closing a Window or Word Document:

Closing is an exit from the Application/Window.

Close a window or word document

Follow the steps below on “Closing” (Alt+F4) the window/application:

Click on the “Close” button as shown in the picture, which is at the top right corner of the title bar.

Keyboard Shortcuts:

·        To close a window press “Alt + F4”.

·        To close one by one tabs of the window (or current document not a window) press “Ctrl+ W”.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Move or Resize a Window or Word Document:​

  • To move a restore window left or right, press “Window + Left or Right Arrow”.
  • To resize a window when it is on restore mode, press “Alt + Space”, then hit the “S” key, and then press one of the “Arrow Keys” on the keyboard.

Keyboard Shortcuts Create, Reopen a Window Tab:

  • To create a new tab, press “Ctrl + T”.
  • To reopen any tab, press “Ctrl + Shift+ T”.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Bookmark Window Tabs:

Conclusion:

Shortcut Keys, Tips and Threads described above are very important. We often use these to open any document or window. However, many people are unaware of these tips and tricks or keyboard shortcuts. So, it is very useful to learn these shortcuts.

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Press Alt + Space or right click on the top of (Title bar) the bar to show hidden control buttons of any window or application.

To minimize any open window, press “Window + M”. Or, manually you can click on minimize button which is looking like a minus sign icon, appears at the top right corner of any window. To minimize a window using hidden control button after pressing “Alt + Space”, hit the “N” key on the keyboard.

To minimize all open windows at a time, press “Window + D” key.

To restore down, or minimize a window, press “Window + Down Arrow”. To restore a window, hold down  “Window key and press Down Arrow one time. To minimize a window hold down Window key and press Down Arrow 2 times.
To restore a window using hidden control button after pressing “Alt + Space”, hit the “R” key on the keyboard.


To move a restore window left or right, press “Window + Left or Right Arrow”.

To maximize a restore window, press keyboard shortcut “Window + Up Arrow”.

To maximize a window when it is on restore mode, press “Alt + Space”, then hit the “X” key on the keyboard.

To resize a window when it is on restore mode, press “Alt + Space”, then hit the “S” key, and then press one of the “Arrow Keys” on the keyboard.

To move a window when it is on restore mode, press “Alt + Space”, then hit the “M” key, and then press one of the “Arrow Keys” on the keyboard.

To close a window press “Alt + F4”. Or, to close one by one tabs of the window (or current document not a window) press “Ctrl+ W”.

  1. To create a new tab, press “Ctrl + T”.
  2. To reopen any tab, press “Ctrl + Shift+ T”.
  3. To bookmark a tab “Ctrl + D”.
  4. To bookmark all the tab “Ctrl + Shift + D”.