Windows 10 has a lot of ways of executing a particular command, be it taking screenshots or turning on the bluetooth. With well calculated-steps and the one that gets your work done should be the choice of command. Minimizing is easy and lets you multitask. It lets you hide the current window from your desktop without exiting the window. The minimized window can be brought back to its original state from the taskbar and a myriad of other ways. This tutorial will guide you on how to minimize the screen you are working on in a jiffy on your Windows 10 PC.
How To Minimize The Screen On Windows 10
To give an example – We’ve loaded our site in Google Chrome which takes the whole screen
Now if it’s minimized, you’ll see that it’s hidden on the taskbar but a little preview is still visible. You just have to click on that window or use a bunch of different shortcuts to maximize the window.
METHOD 1: CLICKING ON THE TOP-RIGHT CORNER
This is the most basic and common option people use to minimize their current window. It’s simpler amongst the lot as well. This minimize option is common between all the Windows native and third-party apps so you don’t have to use separate methods depending on the app. Hitting the underscore symbol will minimize your window right away. Next, to it, we have a maximize button which has an empty-box shape.
METHOD 2: TAPPING ON THE TASKBAR ICONS
This is another method of minimizing your windows to the taskbar. When you open an app, say Notes, for instance, Windows 10 shows an icon on the taskbar which lets you do a ton of stuff. When you open the app for the first time and are currently working on it, the app’s icon will be highlighted on the icon tray. If you click it once, it will hide or minimize to the taskbar. Clicking on the icon again will give you a full view or maximize the app.
METHOD 3: RIGHT-CLICK ON THE TASKBAR PREVIEW
This one might seem tricky at first but it’s simple if you get used to it. Open an application. Make sure it’s visible. Hover your cursor on its icon on the taskbar. You’ll see a preview of the app. Right-click on the preview and you’ll see a contextual menu. Click on the minimize option. Keep in mind. If the said app is minimized, the minimized option will be greyed out. You’ll only see Move, Size, Maximize, and Close.
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METHOD 4: WINDOW MENU
Another way to minimize the working window is to use the app’s window menu. To use this, take your cursor all the way to the top of the application and right-click anywhere. A menu will appear. Click on Minimize and the app is minimized.
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METHOD 5: KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
While the above methods are excellent, if you are a keyboard person, you’ll be happy to know that there are a lot of shortcuts to trigger the minimize option for an app on command. We’ll go through some of the most used keyboard shortcuts, so take note.
Shortcut 1: Alt+Space+N
If you want to quickly hide an app, say when your boss barges in, this should be your go-to shortcut. This combination will only work if your PC’s default language is English. Try to look up for other keys in your language.
Shortcut 2: Windows Logo + M
This command will minimize all your working apps. Windows Logo + Shift + M will restore all the minimized windows to the desktop.
Shortcut 3: Windows Logo + Home
This shortcut will minimize all your apps except the one you are working on.
Shortcut 4: Windows Logo + ↓
Windows Logo and the down arrow key will slightly minimize your apps.
These were the 5 best methods to minimize an app or a window. All the ways are quite different but function the same. Try all the aforementioned methods to minimize your screen on your Windows 10 PC. Tell us your most preferred option down in the comments section.
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