2.1.4 Icons

Most windows on the screen can exist either as "open" windows, or as icons, which are small boxes indicating a dormant program. Icons have words and pictures on them to tell you which program owns them.

Typically, icons look like this:

To make a program window into an icon (i.e. to minimize, or iconify it), you can either use the Minimize function on the window's Menu Button, or simply use the minimize button at the top right corner of the window.

Your program can keep working while it is iconified, so if you ask Maple to factor some huge number which takes half an hour, you don't have to leave your screen cluttered up for fear Maple will "freeze" if you iconify it.

To deiconify, or maximize the program, just double-click the left mouse button over the icon. By default, icons tend to congregate near the lower left corner of the screen.

Single-clicking on an icon accesses the menu button menu.

Keith Orpen, who is still writing this, would like to hear your comments and suggestions.