Thursday, March 20, 2008

Minimize, Maximize, Restore symbols

Question: I’m confused about the 3 symbols in the upper right-hand corner of a window. If the window is in maximized view, then why does the Restore symbol show instead of the Maximize symbol?

Answer: If you’re in maximized view and the three symbols showing were Minimize, Maximize, and Close (as you would like), then you would have no symbol to click on to restore the window to its previous size and location. And clicking on the Maximize button wouldn’t do anything because you’re already in the Maximize view.

By the same token, when you’re in the Restored view, you would want the Maximize button to show so you can switch to the full maximized view. You wouldn’t need the Restore button to show since you’d already be in the Restored mode.

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