2.2 Window Frame Elements

The elements of the window frame allow you to control the size, position etc. of each window on the screen.

It should be noted that the exact function of the window frame elements depends on which window manager program you are using. The descriptions below apply to the NCD Window Manager, which is the usual default.

Menu button

The menu button lives at the top left corner of each program window. Clicking the left mouse button on the menu button produces a list of possible operations you can perform on the window:

If the window is iconified, this will deiconify it. This is redundant, since you can just double click on an icon to do the same.
This changes the cursor to a four-way arrow and lets you place the window anywhere on the screen. This is redundant except in weird situations where the title bar is off the right hand side of the screen and only the menu button is available, since most times you can move the window by clicking and dragging the title bar. This could also come in handy if you want to move the title bar off the top of the screen for some reason (good luck moving it back down if you do!).
This lets you move the cursor around to change the windows size without having to click and drag on any part of the frame. X Windows displays an outline of the proposed size. When you find the right size, click once to set the window to that size.
This iconifies the window, and is greyed out if the window is already an icon.
This puts the window in full-screen mode, just as the full-screen button does.
Windows are allowed to overlap on the screen. If you want to move a window to the "back layer", so as to reveal other windows which may be hidden behind it, use Lower.
This closes the window, which will usually cause the associated program to terminate.

Title bar

The title bar identifies which program is running in each window, and also provides an easy way to move the window: just click and drag the left button on the title bar.

Iconify button

Click on this button iconifies the window, just as if you had selected Minimize from the menu button menu.

Full screen button

Clicking the full screen button puts a window in full screen mode, which means that it covers the entire screen. All the other windows continue to exist, but are obscured by the full screen window.

To return the window to normal size, click the full screen button again.

Resize corners and edges

The corners and edges of the window frame allow you to resize the window. Click on an edge to stretch the size in one direction only, e.g. to widen the window without changing its height, click on the left or right edge. Corners allow you to alter both dimensions simultaneously.
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