Objective 2. Resize, Move, and Scroll Windows


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Objective 2. Resize, Move, and Scroll Windows

When a window opens on your screen, it generally opens in the same size and shape as it was when last used. If you are using more than one window at a time, you can increase or decrease the size of a window, or move a window so that you can see the information you need.

As you work within a program, the information you create will likely grow larger than the screen can display. When the information in a window extends beyond the right or lower edges of the window, scroll bars display at the bottom and right. Using the horizontal scroll bar , you can move left and right to view information that extends beyond the left or right edge of the screen. Using the vertical scroll bar , you can move up and down to view information that extends beyond the top or bottom of the screen.

Activity 1.2. Resizing, Moving, and Scrolling Windows

In the following activity, you will open , resize, and move the My Computer window. You will also use the scroll bars in the My Computer window to view information that does not fit on the screen.

1.

On the Windows desktop, double-click the My Computer icon to open the My Computer window. Alternatively, right-click the icon and click Open.

2.

Check to see if your My Computer window opened as shown in 1.12, or if it opened and fills the entire screen. If the My Computer window fills the entire screen, on the right side of the title bar, click the Restore Down button .

3.

Move the pointer to the lower right corner of the window to display the diagonal resize pointer , and then compare your screen with Figure 1.12.

Figure 1.12.
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When the mouse pointer is in this shape, you can use it to change the size and shape of a window.


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4.

Hold down the left mouse button, drag move the mouse while holding down the left mouse button and then release at the appropriate timediagonally up and to the left until you see a scroll bar at both the bottom and right sides, and then release the mouse button. Adjust as necessary so that your My Computer window is the approximate size of the one shown in Figure 1.13. Adjust as necessary to be sure that scroll bars display.


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Figure 1.13.


Notice that a scroll bar displays on the right side of the window. A scroll bar is added to the window whenever the window contains more than it can display.

5.

On the My Computer title bar, point to a blank area. Hold down the left mouse button, draghold down the left mouse button, move the mouse, and then release the mouse buttondown approximately two inches and to the right approximately two inches. Compare your screen with Figure 1.14.


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Figure 1.14.


When you release the mouse button, the window drops into the new location. Use this technique to move an open window on your screen.

6.

At the bottom of the vertical scroll bar, point to the down arrow and click, and notice that information at the bottom of the window scrolls up so that you can see the folders and icons that were not visible before, as shown in Figure 1.15.


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Figure 1.15.


7.

Point to the up arrow on the same scroll bar, click and hold down the left mouse button.

The list scrolls up until the first item is displayed. You can click and hold down the left mouse button on the up or down scroll arrows to scroll rapidly through a long list of information.

8.

Point to the scroll box , as shown in Figure 1.16, and then drag it downward.

Figure 1.16.
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The scroll box displays within the vertical and horizontal scroll bars and provides a visual indication of your location within the information displayed. It can also be used with the mouse to reposition the information on the screen. The size of the scroll box varies to indicate the relative size of the information. Moving the scroll box gives you more control as you scroll because you can see the information as it moves up or down in the window.


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You can move up or down a screen at a time by clicking in the area above or below the vertical scroll box. You can also move left or right a screen at a time by clicking in the area to the left or right of the horizontal scroll box. The size of the scroll box indicates the relative size of the display to the whole document. If the scroll box is small, it means that the display is a small portion of the whole document.

9.

Move the pointer to the upper edge of the My Computer window to display the vertical resize pointer . Drag the top edge of the window to approximately one inch below the top of the screen.

10.

Move the pointer to the left edge of the My Computer window to display the horizontal resize pointer . Drag the left side of the window to within approximately one inch of the left side of the screen.

You can see that by resizing the corners and sides of a window, and by dragging the window to different positions on the screen by the blue title bar, you have plenty of freedom to move and size any window to make it easier to use the window.