Mac Basics: The Red, Yellow and Green Window Buttons

The Red, Yellow and Green buttons at the top left corner of windows on a Mac perform a variety of functions. They are similar to, but different than buttons at the top of windows in other operating systems. Find out how they work and learn some tips.

Comments: 4 Responses to “Mac Basics: The Red, Yellow and Green Window Buttons”

    Karl
    3 weeks ago

    I like the “minimize windows into application icon” function. But what happens if you don’t have the application icon in the pop up menu bar, where does the window go to?

    3 weeks ago

    Karl: Do you mean the Dock? If an app is running, it is in the Dock. It may be on the right side, but it will be there, Try it and see.

    Jennifer McGarry
    3 weeks ago

    When I go to system preferences it only shows the dock not the menu bar. My computer is a 2013 so I can only update to 10.15.7. am I doing something wrong? Also when I get full screen I have trouble exiting the full screen.

    3 weeks ago

    Jennifer: Yes, it will look very different if you aren’t using Big Sur yet. To exit full screen, you can use the menu bar (View, Exit Full Screen) or click the green button again.

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