Basic Mac Skills – What The Red, Yellow, And Green Buttons Do?
At the top left hand corner of every open window on an Apple Mac there are three buttons: one red, one orange and one green.
Don’t take my word for it. Have a look.
They’re called window buttons and here’s what they do:
Red – Click and the window closes. With a few exceptions this will not close the App.
Orange – Click and the window minimizes to the dock.
Green – Click and the window enters fullscreen mode where the dock and toolbar are hidden. In some cases it simply makes thew window larger.*
In macOS 10.15 Catalina, the Green button now offers three options:
- Enter full screen.
- Tile window to left of screen
- Tile window to right of screen
Tiling a window to the left or right hand side of the screen allows two applications to be open side-by-side.
*Personally, I’m not a fan of Apple’s fullscreen mode, but if you hold the Option key down and click the green button, the window will maximize while keeping the Dock and Toolbar visible.
Have a good week.