Every Windows User Needs to Know This Forgotten but Useful Trick

Ben Stegner 06-07-2017

How many different ways do you know to close a window in Windows? You can click the X in the upper-right corner, use the Alt + F4 shortcut, or right-click a Taskbar icon How to Navigate Your Windows 10 Taskbar With Keyboard Shortcuts Keyboard shortcuts are an awesome way to do more on your PC in less time. Here's a great collection of shortcuts that deal with the Windows Taskbar. Read More and choose Close window. But did you know there’s an old relic hanging out in Windows 10 that’s been around for decades 4 Archaic Functions Windows 10 Still Supports Windows 10 might have cut a lot of features, but there are several ancient functions still hiding in the operating system. Here are four you might not expect Windows to still support. Read More ?


In any Windows version, you can double-click in the upper-left corner of the title bar to close a window. For many programs, the spot you’ll need to click is marked by the app’s icon. This menu actually contains several other commands, like Restore, Move, and Minimize.

You can also activate this menu in any open app by pressing Alt + Space or by right-clicking the title bar.

Because keyboard shortcuts and newer Windows versions offer better ways to perform these functions, most people have forgotten about this menu. Probably its most useful function is the Move command, which lets you click and drag to slide a window around.

This comes in particularly handy when apps disappear off-screen — anyone who uses a laptop with a dock will know this annoyance. The Move command instantly snaps your mouse to the title bar of the affected app, so you don’t have to hunt around for it.

Every Windows User Needs to Know This Forgotten but Useful Trick Close Window Alt Space Trick


Most people probably don’t use this menu often, but it’s a neat trick to keep in your pocket. It’s fun to see what’s left over from Windows versions of old, and the Move command might save you some stress in the future!

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Did you know about this little hidden menu? Have you ever used this shortcut or the Move command? Tell us down in the comments!

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  1. Kevin
    September 24, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Great article! Thanks!
    I use alt+spacebar daily, at home and at work. Mostly, to minimize a few windows quickly, and in quick succession. Occasionally, one of the browser apps I use at the day job will do just as you mentioned: disappear off the screen. I thought it had closed itself due to an error, but discovered, that alt+spacebar, then using the arrow keys, I could find it and bring it back to where I could manipulate its onscreen position.

  2. James
    July 7, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I'm familiar with the Alt+Spacebar trick from way back in the Windows 3.1 days. As a help desk tech, I have occasion to use it whenever someone reports a window lost and stranded offscreen.

  3. James
    July 7, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I did know the Alt+Spacebar trick from way back in the Windows 3.1 days. Doing desktop support, I use it any time an end user has a window lost offscreen.

  4. Patti S
    July 6, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Alt+F4 closes 'em, too.

  5. Doc
    July 6, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    The Move and Size commands in the "Window Menu" also allow you to move or resize windows with the arrow keys. Pretty useful sometimes...

    • Shortcuts
      July 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      You can also hold [Win] + [Arrows(Left/Right)] to move left and right or even across multiple monitors. Use [Win] + [Arrows(Up/Down)] to resize the window.

  6. Fik of Borg
    July 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Uh? Is there someone who does not know that? My non-techie 80 years old mother knows that (not an hyperbole). Next: "Windows trick: You can use the mouse to drag things!"

  7. Charles Kinney
    July 6, 2017 at 11:17 am

    What's fun is going nuts with fingers and closing a program and not knowing what you did. It just disappears. lol Humorous to say the least, WHAT HAPPENED? Grrrrrr....