Nowadays, everyone that owns a Windows PC knows how to maximize a window but once it comes to windows manipulation on computers, multiple approaches exist. In most of the cases, you should be able to maximize windows via the maximize button, the title bar, the taskbar and keyboard shortcuts. Continue reading if you want to change the size of windows at your leisure.
Insights Into Maximizing Windows
Via Maximize Button
All in all, the maximize button is the popular way to maximize windows. All you have to do is navigate to the top right side of the windows, locate the maximize button and hit it.
Via Title Bar
To maximize quickly using the title bar, double-click the title bar of the window. Alternatively, you can right-click the title bar of the window you want to maximize then pick Maximize. You can also click the title bar and then drag it to the top of your screen.
- Step 1: On your taskbar, locate the icon of the minimized window then hover your cursor over it.
- Step 2: The moment the preview shows up, right-click it and pick Maximize.
Note: In addition, you could press and hold Shift, right-click the minimized window on your taskbar then pick Maximize
Via Keyboard Shortcuts
In case you don’t know, you could minimize and maximize windows using keyboard shortcuts.
For example, if you minimize your window using Windows + D, press the same combination to maximize it. On the other hand, if you use the Windows + M combination to minimize your window, you could maximize your window by pressing Windows + Shift + M. To maximize a window that you recently minimized using Windows + Arrow Down, press Windows + Arrow Up. If the window is visible on your desktop but is not maximized, you may press Alt + Space then hit Maximize (the Alt + Space + X combination works as well).
Via Task Switcher
Press and hold Alt then use Tab to move to another window. Once you have moved to the window you want to maximize, release Tab. Also, you would be able to access Task view using Window + Tab.
Windows Won’t Maximize: Troubleshooting
Disable Tablet Mode
- Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings then hit System.
- Step 2: Go to Tablet, click Change additional tablet settings and toggle off the switch next to Tablet mode.
- Step 1: Right-click an empty space of your taskbar then pick Task Manager.
- Step 2: On the Processes tab, right-click the application that won’t maximize then click End task.
- Step 3: Close Task Manager, relaunch the program and see how things turn out.
What You Could Do When Maximize Button Is Missing
Restart Desktop Window Manager
- Step 1: Open Task Manager.
- Step 2: On the Processes tab, hit Name to arrange the processes and programs in alphabetical order.
- Step 3: Under Windows Processes section, right-click Desktop Window Manager then pick End task.
- Step 4: On the top right of the Task Manager, click File then select Run new task.
- Step 5: Type DWM, check the Create this task with administrative privileges checkbox then hit Enter.
Update Display Driver
- Step 1: Press Windows key, type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter to open Device Manager.
- Step 2: Expand Display adapters, right-click your graphics card and pick Update driver.
- Step 3: Hit Search automatically for updated driver software. After the update finishes, restart your computer.
Note: You recently updated your display driver? Then there is a good chance the new display driver is the root of the problem and you should roll back to the previous version.
- Step 1: Open Device Manager, right-click your graphics card in Display adapters and pick Properties.
- Step 2: Go to the Driver tab, hit Roll Back Driver and follow onscreen instructions.
- Step 3: Restart your computer then determine whether the issue persists.
Change The Theme
- Step 1: Open Settings, select Personalization and choose Themes.
- Step 2: Under Change theme, hit the one labeled Windows 10.
Taskbar Keeps Showing In Fullscreen: Fixes
Tweak Taskbar Settings
- Step 1: Open Settings, select Personalization and choose Taskbar.
- Step 2: Toggle on the Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode switch.
- Step 3: Witness the result.
Modify Visual Effects
- Step 1: Open Settings, select System and choose About.
- Step 2: Click Advanced System Settings then pick Settings under Performance.
- Step 3: Tick the Adjust for best performance circle, select Apply and choose OK. Last but not least, restart your computer.