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.
PLEASE GIVE THIS TO US. I am working from home due to COVID-19 on a tiny laptop screen and have no printer. I am a receptionist, and have to leave several word documents open for quick reference and immediate accessibility. It's driving me insane.
This is an annoying behavior. Very annoying.
Please fix this issue, You all have no problem EOL products so we have to upgrade to new systems, more money for you, and you still cannot fix a simple issue.....again for shame.
FIX THIS ISSUE MICRO$OFT!
I dont care that the programmer who implemented it likes it. Those of us who actually use the program HATE it.
Adding my voice, maximizing a minimized workbook in order to open a different workbook is super annoying. So annoying over time that I searched and found this website to voice my opinion.
How the **** are we still talking about this? Complete and utter incompetence.
FIX IT DAMMIT.
This has been an issue since 2010???
I will add to the 100+ comments here, dating back years. I am disgusted that Microsoft - with all of its money and dominance, is either unable or unwilling to fix this problem. I get so frustrating having to constantly have my work flow interrupted by minimized windows popping up. This happens with all Office products: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. For shame!
It takes nearly 3 years to investigate this? Seriously impacts my productivity. Instead of actually doing work right now I need to rant to this multi-billion dollar company that doesn't take UX into consideration.
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!