Minimizing and Restoring a Window
Windows is a multi-tasking environment which allows for the execution of many programs at the same time. Sometimes preferable to simply minimize or hide a program, rather than to close it down and have to re-start it later.
All the programs currently running on your PC are shown on the Windows Taskbar, at the bottom of your screen (the program which currently has the focus is the one with the sunken in appearance).
To get a program out of your way without closing it, there are many choices :
•Minimize the program, using the button at the top right of its window.
•Minimize the program by right-clicking on its button on the taskbar, and then selecting Minimize from the popup menu which appears.
•Bring another program to the forefront by left-clicking on its button on the taskbar.
•Bring another program to the forefront using the ALT-TAB keyboard combination to cycle though all the programs currently running (see example below).
Note that Modal dialogs cannot be minimized.