The title bar is a bar located at the top of a window or a dialog box that displays the name of the window or software program being used. For example, in the picture below, the title bar displays the name of the program "TextPad" and the name of the document "Document1" currently being edited.
Besides giving a description of the open program or window, the title bar may also contain other useful features that depend on the operating system and program showing the title bar.
Basic features of the title bar
As illustrated in the picture above, the title bar typically has a minimize, maximize, and close button, usually located on the right side. Also, in the top-left corner of a Microsoft Windows program window, there is typically an icon of the program that can be clicked to also show these options.
Tip: In Microsoft Windows, pressing Alt+Spacebar shows you the window menu options, as shown in the picture. Using this keyboard shortcut, you can perform any of the title bar options without using a mouse.
Extra features and functions of a title bar
Below is a list of some of the functions of the title bar. Keep in mind that not all of these are available in all operating systems and programs.
- Click and hold down the mouse button on the title bar to move the window.
- Double-click the title bar to maximize the window or set the window into window mode.
- Windows 7 introduced side-by-side that allows you to click and drag the title bar to any edge of the screen and attach the window to that portion of the screen.