Windows 7 offers some new ways to work with windows – opening, closing, moving them etc.
Microsoft has also removes some ways of working with windows, which I’m a bit disappointed with, but there you have it – they can’t make it too easy to work with their new operating system now, can they?
Let’s start with the good things they’ve added.
You can now do a lot by just grabbing the title bar with the mouse and dragging it. Depending on where you drag the window, you can do some pretty nifty things with it.
The biggest change is that you can drag a maximized window and work with it that way. You used to have to restore it to taking up part of the screen before you could do anything with it.
Now you can click the title bar and drag the window anywhere you want. This simultaneously restores the window size, and moves it to where you want it.
If you just drag the title bar down a few pixels, it will do nothing more than restore the window. Keep dragging it around if you want to move it.
To maximize the window, just drag it up past the top of the screen.
If you drag it off the left or right side of the screen, the window re sizes to the full height of the screen, and half the width. This makes it easy to put two windows side-by-side for easy comparison.
Another change is how the taskbar works. When you hover over an icon on the taskbar, you get a thumbnail of all applications associated with that icon.
Now you can close a window by hovering over its thumbnail, then clicking the close button at the top right of the thumbnail.
Microsoft has removed the ability to restore and maximize windows from the taskbar, which is annoying. You can minimize tasks, and return them to their previous state – either restored or maximized. But you can’t go from maximized to minimized to restored (for example) or restored to maximized.
On the whole, Windows 7 makes it easier to work with windows, but it would have been better to keep previous taskbar functionality.