Resizing Program Windows for a Perfect Fit on your Computer Screens

 

            Resizing program windows is simple once you’ve learned a few easy steps.  This tutorial will guide you through these steps.

General Information

 

            To allow you full control of your window screen, let’s label the various parts to a window.

 


 

Title Bar

Gives the name of the program, and often the name of the file it is working with.  You can move a window  around by dragging the Title bar.       

Close Button

Closes the window.

Minimize Button

Hides the window, with a button available on the taskbar for easy access.

Maximize/Reduce Button

Changes the windows size, so it either fills the screen or becomes “sizeable”.

Tools

A list of buttons to help you navigate around your computer and change the way you view files.

 

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Windows are resizable and easily movable.  Let’s take a look at how to do this.

 

 

 

When you first open a program, it usually takes up the whole screen unless you adjust the size by using these tools.  When you use the minimize button, the program is reduced to a button on the taskbar at the very bottom of your screen, however, the maximize/reduce button will allow you the ability to re-size your program window instead of reducing it to the bottom on the taskbar. NOTE: All four corners act the same and allow full resizing by dragging them out or in.

 

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When the program is in “Maximized” view, the Maximize/Reduce button looks like this.

 

 

 

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When the program is in “Reduced” view, the Maximize/Reduce button looks like this.

 

 

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Now let’s go through the steps to organize Ancestral Quest and familysearch.org as illustrated here.

 

 

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Step 1)       With your Ancestral Quest program open and taking up your whole screen click on the “Maximize/Reduce” button with your left mouse button to change the program into a “reduced”, or “sizeable” mode.

 

 

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Step 2)       Place the cursor in the “Title Bar” and while holding down the left mouse button, drag the whole window to the upper right corner of your screen.

 

 

Note that the screen may still be large, but it is not taking up the whole screen.

 

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Step 3)       This window needs to be a little shorter and a little narrower.  To do this use the side borders or the corners.

 

 

 

You can move them any way you wish with your mouse and the left button held down.  Adjust it till you feel comfortable with the size and view.

 

The object here is to place your program so that you can see it comfortably, allowing you to continue to do your research on the IGI.

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Step 4)       Determine which kind of event you want to search for: an individual, a marriage or children from a    marriage.  As you look in your family files in Ancestral Quest, make your selection.  Use the “Pedigree”,    “Family” or the “Name List” views.  For the purpose of this tutorial, we will search from the “Family View”   screen.  Now locate the individual you wish to search for.  In the example below, we selected “Thomas      Banks.” (RIN 1048).

 

 

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Step 5)       Double Click that individual to bring up the “Edit Individual” view. (Depending on your preference settings, you may need to right-click on the individual’s name, then select “Edit Individual” instead of double-clicking.)

 

 

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Step 6)       Click on the “Sign On to IGI”, the following familysearch.org window opens up. 

 

 

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Step 7)       Click the “Maximize/Reduce” button.  This will reduce the size of this window enough to allow you to move it around.

 

 

 

At this point you can take the time to “Sign On” bringing in the next window for the website.  This step was covered in the Individual Search Guide

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Step 8)       Place your cursor in the “Title Bar” and hold your left mouse button down and move it to the left as far as you can.  Then move the right border to the left like this.

 

 

 

Once you have finished resizing your screen should look like this.  The arrow is pointing to the new position of the familysearch.org right border.

 

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Congratulations!  Your windows are all resized and you are ready to “Search the IGI” by clicking that button.  This will bring in the search results from your chosen search.  Click here to go back to the Individual Search.

 

Once you have done this a few times, it will become very easy to work with multiple windows.

 

 

 

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This Search guide may be copied for noncommercial purposes, class studies and personal use of the many genealogical groups worldwide.