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.
Yes, this is a huge waste of clicks - I do not like having to re-minimize documents when I'm trying to work on something else. Please fix this - if a doc / sheet is minimized, it should stay minimized.
posting in solidarity...I have also been annoyed for years. Hoping a fix arrives and I'll know about after posting in this thread.
To all those sharing the registry tweak, they consider a *fix* to the issue: It is NOT.
It's merely a workaround with a caveat -- a new annoyance in and of itself: the Office program appends a number to the filename and thus the file is seen as a new file. This means if you regularly open a file to make a few changes then Ctrl+S to save, you'll now be greeted with a "Save As" dialog every time, having to go locate that original file to overwrite it.
In short, issue is not fixed. Only Microsoft team can fix it, if ever.
I concur. Plus, the old windows opens in small size (i.e., taking up only a small square of the screen), even though I've previously adjusted them to fill exactly half of the screen. Thus, every time I open a new window, I first have to adjust the size of the old window back to its previous size, and then I have to minimize it. This has been bugging me in Word for years.
Oh, and to add. The new window also opens in small size (i.e., taking up only a small square of the screen), when I'd rather have it open in the same size as the previous screen (i.e., filling half the screen). Thus, each time I open a new window, I have to: (a) resize the old window to it's full size, (b) minimize the old window, and (c) resize the new window. Talk about a workflow killer...
agreed - hugely irritating and time wasting
Bryan Hobson commented
This is possibly the most frustrating thing about using Microsoft Office with multiple documents open, but at least they stopped it behaving like MS project still does with that awful MDI interface with all documents in a single window. [comic book guy voice: Worst Design Ever]
As others (Ryan Mahan) have noted, there is a fix for Word and Excel by editing the registry. However, I found that for Excel the "/n" causes Excel to change the filename by adding a "1", so "Test.xlsx" becomes "Test1.xlsx". Changing the "/n" to "/x" resolved that issue for me.
Chase Roach commented
It's truly amazing this is still an ongoing issue. Get your **** together Microsoft.
Almost 4 years! Editing the registry is not a solution for me, disabled by my administrator.
Still no fix? What are MS programmer doing%&?#$&?$
Justin Kroes commented
This issue is why I hate Microsoft. "Normal people think if it ain't broken don't fix it. Engineers think if it ain't broken, it don't have enough features." Microsoft software engineers call the broken behavior a feature.
Bill giveth and Bill taketh away
It appears to still be something they are investigating because this still happens all the time in Excel using the latest release. So (darned) annoying when you are multi-tasking and trying to keep things clean in between tasks without random windows restoring from being minimized every time you open a new (darn) file.
This has bee annoying me for YEARS and I was hoping to find a solution. I know you can change the registry but the issue is on my work computer and I don't want to mess with anything on there. We also use Excel with all of our clients and I cannot mess up their spreadsheets.
PLEASE FIX THIS MICROSOFT. And please don't make us wait another 3 years. T.T
Yuri Ostankinski commented
When Office was moved from MDI (all documents open inside one window) to SDI (a window for each document), there were some warts left. This is the biggest one.
When Word/Excel is already open, and a new document is opened through Explorer, the main instance of Word/Excel gets the focus and raises all the windows to the front. Then, it opens your document.
The current implementation of SDI is not complete, because it still has leftovers from MDI, the abstraction between document and application is leaking hard here.
Yuri Ostankinski commented
The workaround provided in many websites and in the comments below, is to force opening a new instance of the application instead of re-using the same one.
This is ok for Word, but it breaks havoc when pasting data between Excel workbooks: it's slower and some items are not pasted properly (links, names, tables, etc.)
Matt D commented
This has been under review for 3.5 years!? This has been driving me crazy for about 3 years and I've just now decided to Google the issue to see if I could change a setting or something. Apparently NOT!
There is a change you can make to registry to fix this issue. It has been around for many versions of Office:
Prevent background file (sheet) from jumping to the foreground when a new file is opened
Open Registry (if you do not know how to use Windows's Registry function, please read up on it elsewhere)
Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Excel.Sheet.12\shell\Open\command
(this may be different based on your version of Office. You're generally looking for the largest number after Excel.Sheet.XX)
then add a "/n" in between "...EXCEL.EXE" and "%1"
so "...EXCEL.EXE" "%1" becomes "...EXCEL.EXE" /n "%1"
(notice there is no quotes around the /n)
For Word the process is similar:
Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Word.Document.12\shell\Open\command
then add a "/q" after the /n
so "...WINWORD.EXE" /n "%1"... becomes "...WINWORD.EXE" /n /q "%1"...
For your reference, this is what mine looked like https://i.imgur.com/wpT3FL9.png
Hope that helps
MIchael Vang commented
I found the fix by accident for O365 Excel.
Open Registry -> and go here Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Excel.Sheet.12\shell\Open\command
Edit the Default Value and add a "/n" (without quotes) in between the command and the current arguments
Example: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Root\Office16\EXCEL.EXE" /n "%1"
Save and close out of the registry. Try out Excel now.
This is a nuisance which annoys me on a daily basis. I would be very happy if a solution was implemented.