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Viewing a Window's Contents

By default, Windows displays the contents of a window in icon form; for example, elements in the My Computer window are represented by pictures of a hard drive, floppy drive, and folders. Other windows, such as your hard drive window, display elements as folders and files.

Default - The initial settings of a program. In other words, how a program will look and respond without intervention on your partMany program defaults can be changed. For example, in Microsoft Word you can change the default font or the default color scheme.


The default view for displaying the contents of a window is Large Icons. You can change the default by selecting one of the following choices:

When you're finished working with a window, you should close it. This often helps speed up Windows, conserve memory, and keep your desktop from becoming cluttered.

To close a window, you can do any of the following:

Quickie Close - To quickly close several related open windows, hold the Shift key while clicking the Close button on the last window you opened.

Closing Windows in Applications - These methods of closing Windows apply when you close other programs such as Word or Lotus 1-2-3 with some small differences. File, Close will close a file or document, keeping the program opened. All of the other keystrokes described will close the actual application.