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Windows 8 : Running Programs and Apps (part 4) - Moving and sizing from the keyboard

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Moving a program window

You can easily move a program window about the screen just by dragging its title bar. However, you can’t start with a minimized window. You have to get the program window to an in-between size or maximized size before you even get started. Then just get the mouse pointer somewhere near the top center of the window you want to move, hold down the left mouse button, and drag the window around. Release the mouse button when the window is where you want it on the desktop. This works for both in-between sized and maximized windows.

Dialog boxes work the same way. You can’t size or minimize a dialog box, and dialog boxes don’t have taskbar buttons. But you can easily drag a dialog box around the screen by its title bar.

Moving and sizing from the keyboard

As you’ve seen, most of the techniques for moving and sizing program windows rely on the mouse. There are some keyboard alternatives, but they’re not available in all program windows. The only way to find out whether these work in the window you’re using at the moment is to press Alt+Spacebar and see whether a system menu drops down from the upper-left corner, as in Figure 10.

FIGURE 10 System menu from a program window

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If you see the menu, you just have to press the underlined letter from the menu option you want to select. For example, press the letter x to Maximize or n to Minimize. If you press m to Move or s to Size, you can then use the arrow keys (?, ?, ?, ?) to move or size the window. Then press Enter when the window is positioned or sized to your liking.


Tip
Sometimes, a window can be outside the viewable area of the desktop. This can happen if you extend your Windows desktop onto another monitor but that monitor isn’t connected or turned on. If you can press Alt+Tab and determine that a program is running, but you can’t see it on the desktop, press Alt+Tab and select the program (make it active). Then, press Alt+Spacebar, press M, and use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move the window into a viewable area of the desktop.
 
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