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Windows 7: Windows minimize to top of taskbar

30 Nov 2011   #1
coryg05

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Windows minimize to top of taskbar

I have windows that are minimizing to the top of the task bar. It seems some of them are just sub windows of applications, I cant call them up unless i clear my desktop and then click one. Its as if they are supposed to be minimized to the task bar, but going above it instead. I have searched and searched and not found any solutions.

Any ideas?




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02 Dec 2011   #2
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

have you recently made any changes to your windows? installed any software etc? could be a registry mess.
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02 Dec 2011   #3
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Which applications do these windows belong to? And does this happen only with those particular apps, with random apps or with everything?
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02 Dec 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Coryg05, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If this has just recently started to happen, then you could do a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this started to hopefully undo and fix this.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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03 Dec 2011   #5
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by coryg05 View Post
I have windows that are minimizing to the top of the task bar. It seems some of them are just sub windows of applications, I cant call them up unless i clear my desktop and then click one. Its as if they are supposed to be minimized to the task bar, but going above it instead. I have searched and searched and not found any solutions.

Any ideas?
Looks like MDI windows and what you describe is normal for the way the app was coded. If you click the associated program taskbar icon for the minimized MDI window, it will restore it without you clearing all other windows.

How To Keep an MDI Window Always on Top
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03 Dec 2011   #6
coryg05

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Looks like a restore/restart cleared it up. Was mainly concerned if this was a setting that could be changed somewhere. If it isn't a standard behavior and just explorer.exe getting mixed up then I guess we are good to go.

Thanks for your replies. Since I am a new member and asked a question as my first post, I will do my best to return the favor by contributing my knowledge to others.

Thanks to all!
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03 Dec 2011   #7
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

glad you got it fixed, welcome to sevenforums.
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03 Dec 2011   #8
Faceofjoe421

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This normally happens when explorer.exe has been terminated.
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03 Dec 2011   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's great news Coryg05.
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03 Dec 2011   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faceofjoe421 View Post
This normally happens when explorer.exe has been terminated.
Sorry Joe, but if explorer had been terminated, there wouldn't be a taskbar available.
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