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.
Agreed! It's infuriating. I do data analysis and policy work so often have different versions of a similar document open for reference.
Wholeheartedly agree. This is a terrible "feature". Destroys productivity.
I can't believe that you haven't fixed this long ago. There are inevitably many more users than have posted here who have this annoying problem. I have been cursing this for years and finally am taking limited time to attempt to find a fix and find out that there isn't one!!?? Please give us a fix for this. It's not a feature - it's a bug!!
Michael Dahbour commented
It's so annoying literally adds to my stress levels always having to minimize the twenty word or excel documents i have open at a given time when opening a new one.
Yes, please! Stop this madness! Minimized documents should NOT maximize automatically when another document is closed or minimized. This is indeed a nuisance, but it can also be dangerous. Sometimes I'm working on two or three documents that are similar but different. It can be very important that I type the right information into the right document. When another document jumps up every time I minimize the one I've just been working on, it becomes difficult to tell which document has just jumped up. This is how mistakes happen. Hey, I'm the writer. It's my computer. If I minimize a document, it should stay minimized until I maximize it.
(Windows 7 + Office 2013)
/q in the registry Open command does not work. I'll just have to keep cursing Microsoft 3 times every day.
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 nuisanc
This fix is long overdue
Sage Pierce commented
This really does need to get fixed. It's especially annoying when using multiple different virtual desktops, as at least one other user already pointed out. Excel and word get used in a lot of weird and unique ways with a lot of different software so when you have your desktop set up for minimal ergonomic impact and this "feature" decides to rear it's ugly head it doesn't do anyone any favors.
How is it possible that comments have been made for so many months and still an update to this ridicules action. Microsoft is too smart than to allow this to continue on and thus angering their consumers. Although I have appreciated and used Microsoft I will for the first time likely compare Apple before my next computer purchase. Please Microsoft... if it isn't broke don't fix it, if it is not tried by many voluntary regular users, not programmers and/or techs, before rolling it out don't roll it out. So many times myself and others find a change that is going backward... please don't go backward.
Since my post just a couple of hours ago, I have found hundreds of users over dozens of threads that have, since 2010, been frustrated by this behaviour. Some replies suggest making Registry changes but this is not an option for most people. I hope that the Word Product Team (MSFT) who responded on 7 June 2017 that they were investigating this issue hurry up and make their decision.
The way Word, and Excel, operate has never made sense to me and I find it unhelpful, time wasting and highly infuriating and irritating. The sooner this fault is corrected, the happier I will be.
This is "feature" NOT beneficial to EVERone.
Thie fix ain't brain surgery.At least make it an option!
Please explain to everyone how this is a desirable behavior for ALL users!
This is SOOOO FakeBook Like!! I refuse to use face book because Zuker Boy thinks he knows what is best for me and thousands of other users.
My solution is to use Open Office and/or Libre.
While I'm at it, MS stuffed Windows 10 down the throats of MILLIONS of users and made life hell for IT departments who needed to keep it out of their environments.
Unfortunately MS is what my customers are forced to use and I have spent hours convincing them this is a designed in behavior and there's not a damm thing I can do to fix it.
It is VERY annoying....it just clutters up my windows.
I generally have several spreadsheets I need to refer to and update throughout the day, so it's a timesaver to have them open but minimized.
That DOES NOT mean that I want to see them again every time I open another document. I deliberately minimized them to keep them out of the way while I'm working on other tasks.when
When I have a co-worker in my office to collaborate, it's frustrating to be bombarded with minimized documents when I open a new document to show them.
This is a giant nuisance, and I will never "get used to it."
The earliest post on this issue is from JULY OF 2016. PLEASE FIX THIS PROBLEM THAT HAS plagued us for almost 2 years. It surely is an easy fix, since it didn't use to be this way.
So, Word Product Team [MSFT], have you figured it out yet?
1. Everyone who uses Word HATES having to minimize the first Word doc window every time they open a subsequent one.
2.There is a relatively simple registry fix.
3. So, you put an option, somewhere among the 50,000 options already present in Word, to NOT do this really, really, really irritating thing.
Make us happy.
"Currently investigating"? That's it? That's your big "technical" answer? Why are you even employed?
Right click excel icon changed to run maximized fixed my problem!!
The below message form El says:
NOTE: The text before the /n switch may be different but the end should be same. Just add the /q, DO NOT change the rest of the data.
Do you use a 'q' if you are trying to fix the same issue in Excel?
Word is designed to initially open documents at maximized screen. Sometimes documents will start opening in a minimized window. This might have happened by an unusual program glitch that set and saved operating data, or the boundaries of the document window were set outside of the screen's range in a previous session and got saved. Word can be initially maximized again by following a few steps.
Click the “Start” Windows and select “All Programs.” Select the “Microsoft Office” folder.
Right-click the Microsoft Word program icon and select “Properties.” A new window will appear with options specific to Microsoft Word.
Click on the tab labeled “Shortcut.” There will be a field labeled “Run” with the options of Maximized, minimized, and normal window. Select the “Maximized” option. Click “Ok” and the properties window will close.
Close Word if it hasn’t been closed and restart. The program should now open all documents in maximized windows.