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  1. #1


    Worcester, MA
    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1

    All New Windows Open Behind Current Windows


    I just got a new HP Laptop running Win 8.1.

    I run everything from the desktop. The problem I have is that all new programs that I open will open behind whatever windows are showing on the screen. All other versions of Windows I have had always displayed the new item on top of other open windows. This is extremely frustrating.

    I have scoured the web and the settings on my laptop for a solution with no luck.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by BigRondo; 13 Apr 2014 at 22:05. Reason: Clear things up

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  2. #2


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I haven't seen that on any of my PC's running 8.1. It sounds like something is stealing the focus. Do they actually minimize or do they just go in the background behind the currently running program? Programs or Metro Apps or both?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    i think my IE open minimizes all the time too,even thought its set to max, i just click it to maximize ,i say i think because i stretched it out to be almost full when minimized and don't take notice all the time ,not an answer i know ,just posting to show your not alone
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  4. #4


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    you/me could try this i just found with google ,iam on my mac now so cant try it myself till later .

    just maximize the window and click and hold ALT and the red X .. open again and your window should open maximized
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  5. #5


    Worcester, MA
    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I haven't seen that on any of my PC's running 8.1. It sounds like something is stealing the focus. Do they actually minimize or do they just go in the background behind the currently running program? Programs or Metro Apps or both?
    Thanks for the reply. Sorry, I should have been more clear. I have edited my original post.

    I don't really use the Metro Apps. This happens with programs in desktop mode.
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  6. #6


    Worcester, MA
    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    i think my IE open minimizes all the time too,even thought its set to max, i just click it to maximize ,i say i think because i stretched it out to be almost full when minimized and don't take notice all the time ,not an answer i know ,just posting to show your not alone
    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    you/me could try this i just found with google ,iam on my mac now so cant try it myself till later .

    just maximize the window and click and hold ALT and the red X .. open again and your window should open maximized
    Thanks for the reply. I tried the ALT red X trick with no luck.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    weird ,I just stretch the window as big as I can when it minimized with the mouse that way it looks like it maximized ,actuall checking mine it seems to have fixed itself
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  8. #8


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    i think my IE open minimizes all the time too,even thought its set to max, i just click it to maximize ,i say i think because i stretched it out to be almost full when minimized and don't take notice all the time ,not an answer i know ,just posting to show your not alone
    Windows Update (in IE) would do that in Windows XP. I'd maximize it to full screen, but the next time I opened it again it would be a minimized (not full screen) window. There was a trick to get it to always open full screen. I don't think that's the OP's problem though. It sounds like newly launched programs open under (behind) the currently open window. That's a weird one.
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  9. #9


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    OK, I asked about Metro versus Desktop because they behave differently. If I open a desktop program on the same monitor I have a Metro App running on the Metro app completely minimizes off screen to the taskbar. If I do it the other way around Metro on top of a desktop program, the desktop program stays open on screen behind the Metro app. If you are new to 8/8.1 it can be confusing. That's not your issue so we'll move on. Have you installed any theme programs or utilities to add a Start Menu? To be honest I'm currently at a loss as to what's going on. It's definitely not normal that's for sure.
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  10. #10


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I don't think that's the OP's problem though. It sounds like newly launched programs open under (behind) the currently open window. That's a weird one.
    pays to re-read thanks

    there is a setting choice somewhere ,to "always open on top " I just cant fine it anymore
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