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

    Karl
    9 months 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?

    9 months 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
    9 months 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.

    9 months 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.

    Linda Merricks
    8 months ago

    Hi Gary, great video as usual but I have a problem…when i press option and click on the green button I do not see the tile window options I only see the move window options. Can I change this?

    8 months ago

    Linda: Are you maybe not using the latest version of macOS?

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