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If you are on Mac, make sure the Application Frame (under the Window menu) to see the minimize and close buttons. If you are on Windows, I can only imagine that the buttons are simply off screen because the application is sized larger than. Right-click on the application tab in the task bar and choose Maximize there, it should resize it to fit on your screen.
As for Crop, I assume you are referring to the option "Auto Center Preview". If you turn this option off, when you click and drag on one of the handles to scale the crop box, it will grow (shrink) in that direction, but the other sides will stay exactly where they were. If you have this option on, all sides will move with the scaling to make the crop box stay perfectly still in the center.
Thanks for the info on the crop tool.
So far as the buttons Max and Closed are concerned, they are not there because my settings in Prefs>Interface reverted to default which checked "Open Docs..." and "Enable floating...". I went back to CS6 to see what I had set and saw my problem. Now it works as before, but the simplicity is gone.
With "Open Docs..." checked you get the clean, elegant look so it's either or.
There is a tiny "X" next to the file name when "Open Docs..." is checked which does allow for closure, but not to minimize.
I'm on Windows 7.
Try using the "F" key shortcut to cycle through different views.