Bottom window becomes enlarged

Can’t figure out why my bottom horizontal window enlarges on me to a giant size. It becomes very difficult to use all the modifiers, material, texture options etc. I would like to know how to get it back to a reasonable size so I can see more at once.

With the mouse hovering over the window press your keyboard Home key to autofit the window panels.
Are you using blender 2.59 with a horizontal properties window ? Pointless unless you enjoy frustration.

yes, Blender 2.59 Now I see the home makes it smaller but still long horizontally. But you are saying not to bother using the bottom window like that?

If the properties window is horizontal, right click anywhere on the properties window and select “Vertical”.