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Windows 7: New processes open windows at bottom of window stack

18 Nov 2011   #1
aguy

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
New processes open windows at bottom of window stack

If I click on a .txt document. Notepad.exe will open under all other windows open. If each window is on its own layer (can be seen as overlapping windows), then it would be inserted at Layer 0, or the bottom of the stack. I want it inserted at the top of the stack at 'Layer "whatever-would-be-front".'

I guess it depends how a program works, if the program forks a new process (like "Browse file system" to find a file) it doesn't necessarily open underneath all other windows. If I am running AutoCAD and try to PDF a file, the separate Acrobat driver causes this to open underneath all other windows open. So I'm sitting there waiting and actually the processing has completed and waiting for me to input more information.

A seemingly important hint of what is going on is this does NOT happen from the start menu. Any program started from the "Pin to Start Menu" area or "All programs" are brought to the front.

Any programs started from the Desktop, Taskbar, or essentially, Windows Explorer start at the bottom of all other windows.

I'm running Win 7 Pro SP1 64-bit.


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18 Nov 2011   #2
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums aguy, interesting name you have there . Have a look at this link, see if it helps you:

windows 7 (x64 pro) window focus issues:when i open a - Microsoft Answers

I do not have the issue you have, so it is not just a Windows Seven thing. Are you on SP1? If you do any registry modifying, make sure to back up your registry.

Registry - Backup and Restore

A Guy
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25 Nov 2011   #3
aguy

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Oh. Hello there. I see you are also a guy.

Thanks for the heads up. This fixed it. I spent 2 hours on Google searches. I don't think I used the term "window focus" though.
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25 Nov 2011   #4
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Great, glad you got it sorted. From one A Guy to another

A Guy
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27 Nov 2011   #5
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Glad you got it fixed.

You Guys do realize you're talking to yourself
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27 Nov 2011   #6
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Glad you got it fixed.

You Guys do realize you're talking to yourself
Only ones who make sense...

A Guy
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28 Nov 2011   #7
aguy

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Glad you got it fixed.

You Guys do realize you're talking to yourself
I don't have many [any?] friends ... or maybe I'm the imaginary friend?

Although the registry hacks seem have taken care of the brunt of the issues, I still occasionally get a few hiccups in window focus.
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