Windows 98: Switching Between Windows

Lesson 7: Switching Between Windows



By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Tile and cascade windows
  • Switch between windows

Tiling and cascading windows

As you learn applications like Microsoft Word, it might become inconvenient to switch back and forth between the lesson window and the Word window. The easiest way to learn is to have the Internet lesson window and the application window open so you can see both at the same time.

You can do this by cascading or tiling the windows.

Cascading windows are layered on top of each other. Tiled windows are next to each other. Windows can be tiled horizontally or vertically. If windows are tiled horizontally, they appear one above another. If windows are tiled vertically, they appear side-by-side.

Cascading Windows

Below is an example of vertically tiled windows:

Tiled Windows

Choose the view

You can easily choose how you want to view information in the window.

To cascade or tile windows:

  • With two or more windows open, right-click a blank area of the taskbar.
  • Choose Cascade, Tile Windows Horizontally, or Tile Windows Vertically.

To return to your previous window arrangement:

  • Right-click a blank area of the taskbar.
  • Select the Undo command.

Important PointNote: The windows you want to tile or cascade must be open on your desktop before you arrange them.

Switching between windows

As you know, Windows 98 allows you to have more than one application open at the same time. It also allows you to easily move between open applications. The application you select becomes the active window. When a window is active on the desktop, its title bar is blue. When a window is inactive, the title bar is gray.

To switch between applications:

  • Click Start.
  • Choose ProgramsactionAccessories.
  • Open Notepad.
  • Open Calculator.
  • Open Paint.
  • Click any part of the Notepad window on the desktop.
  • Click any part of the Calculator window on the desktop.
  • Click any part of the Paint window on the desktop.
  • Click the Notepad button on the taskbar.
  • Click the Calculator button on the taskbar.
  • Click the Paint button on the taskbar.

Important PointIn the example below, the Calculator window is active.

Several windows open on the desktop, Calculator window is in front.

Switching using the keyboard method

When you have more than one application open, you can switch between them using the keyboard.

To switch between applications using the keyboard method:

  • Open the applications. In this case, open Calculator and Notepad.
  • Press and hold down the Alt key, then press the Tab key.
  • Icons and the file or application names appear on the screen.
  • Tab to the application you want. Once it is outlined with a box, release both keys.


  • Open Calculator.
  • Open WordPad.
  • Open Notepad.
  • Cascade the windows on the screen.
  • Undo cascade.
  • Switch between windows using one of the methods described in this lesson.
  • Close all windows.