When pressing on the the double squares on the right upper corner of browsers (Chrome, Explorer, Firefox etc.) or office word, power-point, or almost any window in computers, can I refer it as expanding the window?

"Please, expand the screen by clicking on the double squares" would be correct?

I'm not sure if this is the verb used to describe what I mentioned.

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Yes, you can use "expand". But that's a broad term. The specific term for this action is maximize. This is when the window "expands" to cover the entire screen.

Two related terms are minimize and restore. When you shrink and hide the window by clicking the _ button, you minimize the window. When it's hidden and you bring it back, that's called restoring the window.

By the way, I call them windows, not screens. I'm not sure if "screens" is acceptable. Also, the "on" is not necessary, and, as @amI points out, the double squares "restore down" (also "restore" or "unmaximize") the window. The single square maximizes the window. So if you want to maximize the window, you could say

Please, maximize the window by clicking the single square

Anyway, these are the terms I know as a Windows user. You can see their usage in these pages:

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    On MacOS, if you double-click anywhere in the title bar, the window "expands" to fill the width of the screen. But if you click the "maximize" icon, it goes into "full-screen mode." So yes, I think there is a difference between an expanded window and a maximized window. – Ringo Oct 21 at 1:50
  • Would you like to write that up in an answer? – Em. Oct 21 at 1:52
  • Your answer seems perfectly good to me! – Ringo Oct 21 at 1:52
  • Oh no, are these comments going to be deleted? ;-) – Ringo Oct 21 at 1:53
  • I think just copy-paste the Ringo comment and add it to your answer. – not evil nor wicked Oct 21 at 1:54

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