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collapse box

a box used in a window’s title bar (in MacOS) that causes the window to shrink or expand, leaving only the title bar visible in its shrunken state. This functionality has also been called WindowShade, metaphorically referring to the idea of pulling up window blinds.

Collapsing the window is similar in spirit to other systems where a window is minimized to an icon or a text label, but has the advantage of maintaining the window at its current location with the full title and still draggable and closable, thus maintaining most of its integrity as an object.