General Restore Window in Windows 11


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When you maximize or minimize a window in Windows 11, you can restore the window back to its original size and position when wanted.

This tutorial will show you different ways to restore a maximized or minimized window for your account in Windows 11.


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Option One

Restore Window using Keyboard Shortcut


1 While a maximized window is in focus, press the Win :win: + Down arrow keys.




Option Two

Restore All Windows using Show Desktop


This option requires Select the far corner of the taskbar to show the desktop to be turned on.


1 If all windows were minimized by Show Desktop, then perform one of the following actions: (see screenshot below)
  • Press the Win :win: + D keys.
  • Click/tap on the Show Desktop button on the right end of the task bar.
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Option Three

Restore Window using Restore Caption Button


1 Click/tap on the Restore caption button at the top right corner of the maximized window. (see screenshot below)

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Option Four

Restore Window using Double Click


1 Double click/tap on the title bar of the maximized window. (see screenshot below)

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Option Five

Restore Window using Drag


1 Drag down the title bar of the maximized window until it restores then release. (see screenshot below)

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Option Six

Restore Window using Title Bar Menu


1 Perform one of the following actions: (see screenshot below)
  • Right click on the title bar of the maximized window, and click/tap on Restore.
  • While the maximized window is in focus, press the Alt + Space keys and release to open the title bar menu, and press the R key.
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Option Seven

Restore Window using Taskbar Icon


1 Click/tap on the minimized app's (ex: "File Explorer") icon on the taskbar. (see screenshot below)

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Option Eight

Restore Window using Taskbar Menu


1 Press and hold the Shift key.

2 Right click on the window's taskbar icon. (see screenshot below)

3 Release the Shift key.

4 Click/tap on Restore.

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Option Nine

Restore Window from Taskbar Thumbnail Preview


1 Hover the pointer on the minimized window's taskbar icon to see its thumbnail preview. (see screenshot below)

2 Click/tap on the thumbnail preview of the window you want to restore.

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Option Ten

Restore Window from Taskbar Thumbnail Preview Menu


1 Hover the pointer on the minimized window's taskbar icon to see its thumbnail preview. (see screenshot below)

2 Right click on the taskbar thumbnail preview of the window you want to restore.

3 Click/tap on Restore.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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