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      • #2298951 Reply
        Rhino
        AskWoody Plus

        New to this so bear with me. Just trying to set up a Win 10 laptop, HP Spectre. On all previous versions of Windows there were 3 icons in the top right corner: maximize, minimize, and whatever the one in the middle was called, mediumize? And ‘close’ (X). But this machine has only a close X, which isn’t even visible in most windows until the cursor is right over it. So I can never get two programs open and visible side by side. I feel sure that somewhere in Settings there must be a setting for this, but where is it?

        Thanks in hope.

        Rhino

      • #2298964 Reply
        PKCano
        Da Boss

        Have you tried putting the cursor on an edge, holding the left mouse button down, and dragging the edge for mono-directional sizing?
        Have you tried putting the cursor on a corner, holding the left mouse button down, and dragging the corner for bi-directional sizing?
        All my windows have a max (square), a min “-” and a close X in the upper right corner.

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        • #2299006 Reply
          Zig
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          Except when the window is maximized, when the middle icon becomes a “restore” command (tho I like the idea of “mediumize”).

          Zig

      • #2299010 Reply
        Rhino
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        Thank you again, I had not discovered the trick of putting the cursor at the edge/corner of the screen and holding down the left button. However, what happens when I drag the cursor away from the edge seems to be determined by Windows. No matter where I drag the window to as soon as I let go the it repositions and resizes itself. Usually it ends up as half the screen, on the left or right, but there is no way to have windows partially over-lapping so that only part of the lower window(s) are visible. And there are times when that makes a difference. With Win 7 I can have 8 or 10 almost full sized windows, each over-lapping, and I can drag text, or parts of images from one to any other.

        And I still haven’t got maximize or minimize icons, just the X to close the window. And since you don’t mention the double rectangle icon I assume that it has been deemed redundent. Maybe this is an HP enhancement.

        Rhino

         

         

        • #2299049 Reply
          wavy
          AskWoody Plus

          I do not know about the max, min & close icons missing problem. This may be program dependent. Does this happen file explorer? For the annoying (if you do not want it) Snap ‘feature’ you described see the first option under Multitasking,try with it off to see if you like the behavior better. I would test this in FileExplorer to eliminate any program idiosyncrasies.

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        • #2299097 Reply
          Zig
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          Rhino,

          a.) The “double window” icon is the one I referred to as “Restore.”

          b.) The thing tat causes your window to go to one side and occupy half the screen is a Windows setting that is invoked when you drag a window to either edge of the desktop. This is called “snap windows,” and is set under Settings|System|Multitasking.

          Zig

      • #2299116 Reply
        Rhino
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        Thanks for your input Zig, but I don’t get a restore icon (thanks for that name) or minimize icon at any time. And of course there’s no need for a maximize icon because every window is maximized all the time. I only have an X to close the window. I think I’ve been short-changed!

        And I’ll try disabling the Snap feature. To my mind it’s absurd to say “Drag windows to the sides or corners of the screen and they’ll automatically size to fit perfectly…” How can Windows ‘know’ what size, or where I might want them?

        I suppose I should go to HP since this thing is only about 4 months old. “Only 4 months”? Huh! 4 months of frustration. I’ll tell you how bad it is… I’m even contemplating buying a MAC! So this is seriously serious!

        Rhino

      • #2299194 Reply
        mledman
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        Rhino,

        You may be in tablet mode. On the desktop,  left click notification, (lower right corner) deselect tablet mode.

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