Parts of the Window

Learn about the Windows 98 window and its various parts in this free lesson.

Minimizing, maximizing, and restoring windows

Windows allows you to easily enlarge, hide, or shrink a window using the minimize, maximize, and restore buttons.

Minimize, Maximize, Restore buttons

The Minimize button is among the three buttons at the right end of the title bar. It's the box that has a small dash (or minus sign). The Minimize button lets you remove a window from the desktop while leaving the application running.

The button in the middle is the Maximize button. It's a box with a picture of a window inside it. Use the maximize button to enlarge a window.

After a window is maximized, the button changes to the Restore button. It looks like a box with a picture of two windows. If you click the Restore button, the maximized window shrinks to its previous size (the size it was before you maximized it).

Restore button

To maximize a window:

  • Click Start.
  • Choose Programs Accessories Notepad.
  • Click the Maximize button.


  • Click the Control Menu button on the left end of the title bar.
  • Choose Maximize.


  • Double-click the title bar.