Stop automatically maximizing all minimized documents whenever a new one is opened.
Stop automatically maximizing all minimized documents (and workbooks in Excel) whenever a new document is opened. This is unnecessary since the Task View and other options allow one to see more than one document at a time. When all minimized documents pop back up whenever a new one is opened, we just have to re-minimize them again. It's a nuisance.
Thanks for your feedback! This is an area we are currently investigating and will consider this feedback as we make a decision.
I agree, this is very annoying. VERY ANNOYING JUST LIKE WRITING IN ALL CAPS!!!!! Please, just fix this!
Agree with the previous comments. This issue is extremely annoying and it's pretty mind-blowing that MS's developers haven't fixed it in 4 years. It really opens your eyes about how MS handles user complaints, considering these 244 upvotes represent probably tens-of-thousands (at least) people who are annoyed by it. Any smaller, agile company would have fixed this literally years ago.
Agree with all the previous comments. Sounds like just lazy programming to me. Why would you want your workhorse applications cause continuous annoyance to nearly all of your users? Due to this we are constantly reminded that MS cares little, if at all, about the customer.
Is this still in progress?
Hey, Microsoft, it is well past time you fixed this. "This is an are we are currently investigating..." Who is doing the investigating? If a qualified individual is actually doing this, and they have been for 2 years, they should be fired. Try asking WordPerfect how to do it, they don't seem to have the same problem!!!!!
Still needs to be an option. Other applications, like Adobe's do not do this.
I think the problem may be more complex than these posts (over years) suggest. Yes, opening a new workbook will restore all minimised workbooks, but I have a workbook I minimise in a Workbook_Open subroutine using Application.Windowstate=xlMinimized, in ThisWorkbook. Whenever I open this, it minimises as expected, but as soon as the Workbook_Open routine completes, the workbook restored immediately.
If I have another workbook open before which is minimised, the following happens:
1. Open the first workbook - say Book1 and minimise it;
2. Open my workbook with the minimise in the Workbook_Open;
3. The first workbook restores and my second workbook minimises;
4. As a workaround, I have a small userform splash screen display modelessly and using an OnTime function to close it, I also execute another Application.WIndowstate=xlMinimize command. However, remembering that the workbook that is now maximised is the first one, Book1, it is that workbook that minimises, resulting in both woorkbooks ending up minimised.
All in all, I too think this is rather odd and unwarranted behaviour by Excel and it should be addressed. A workbook that has been minimised, manually or via a macro, should remain minimised.
Come on MS - Fix it or provide a reasonable explanation as to why it happens (assuming there is method in your madness), or provide a mechanism to keep minimised workbooks minimised.
Still waiting 3.5 YEARS later...
bob ross commented
Just fix it already! You would think for as much money as this product makes your company, a fix for one of the biggest annoyances could be moved up in priority.
This idea needs no votes or comments. Do fix this. It is a no-brainier!
Walter Halil commented
I guess I'll go back to using Office 2007 due to all the annoying new "features" that make working with Office 365 more adversarial. You still haven't fixed some of the major issues going back to 1995!
Mikael T commented
Please try working with several word-files and speed up investigating and consideration!
WTF... fix this bug.
I am also seriously annoyed by this BUG. Years on end, clicking to minimize windows I didn't want maximized... why else would I minimize them in the first place... hmm??
PLEASE fix this BUG it is driving EVERYONE crazy!!
Anyway, I assume the reason is that Excel is now (since Excel 2013, I believe?) executing all open workbooks in a single instance and obviously the application.start event fires when opening a new workbook, which (also obviously) needs to be maximized, or at least not minimized. This is probably why the already open and minimized workbook is being maximized. Because it uses the same instance to load the new workbook in.
So I would say this is a mere error in how Excel was programmed / built. Hence, it is fixable!
The way I circumvent the issue, is by starting Excel in a seperate, new instance. You can do this by pressing and HOLDING ALT, then RIGHT-click the Excel icon on the task bar, continue to hold down ALT then LEFT-click the workbook I want to open (from the pinned files or the regular Excel icon) and finally, release ALT and click YES in the "Do you want to open a new instance of Excel?" window. Now, using this method, no minimized Excel workbooks are maximized.
This still IS NOT a solution though, because it still involves extra steps to simply open a workbook. But it is kind of less annoying then having a large workbook maximize all the time... again, this is a work-around, not a solution!
I am not sure if you can make this behaviour permanent by modifying the Excel shortcut and adding /x to the command line (target). I haven't tried this myself and I really don't want to either because running Excel in seperate instances also impacts the behaviour of some of the VBA code. I have run into some problems myself due to this work-around, which is why I cannot use this as a permanent "solution" to the problem. For others this might work though?
James Babcock commented
Dale Frolik commented
Found this searching for a solution for this issue in Excel too. It's the most annoying thing, I always just have to re-minimize a window that was minimized when I opened something else completely unrelated that also just happens to be in Excel. If this is a "Feature" I can't understand a single use case that would need it, I have never once wanted this to happen during use of either word or excel. It's been years MS, just nuke this one already...
And yet I’m still being annoyed by this 2 years and y’all “considered” feedback.
this is ridiculous......time to find an Excel replacement
Probably the most annoying thing I've ever dealt with! I'd rather step on legos than deal with this!
Yet another here--two years later--to beg for an end to the madness.