Example: "If you need to view more of the window's contents at one time, try maximizing the window."

Maximizing a window makes it larger. In Windows, a maximized window fills the entire screen, while on a Mac, it takes up only as much space as needed. The maximize button in Windows is located in the upper-right corner of the window, next to the close button. If you double-click the title bar, it will also maximize the window. On a Mac, the maximize button is three green button located next to the red and yellow buttons in the upper-left corner of the window.

To hide an open window, you can click the minimize button, which is located next to the maximize button on both Macintosh and Windows computers.

Updated: March 20, 2009

Definition from the PC Glossary