Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: New applications opening under current window

02 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
New applications opening under current window

I don't know quite how to describe this problem other than saying that when I open a new window (office, or any other software), it will open up but appear underneath whatever other window I have focused already. This is especially annoying because it doesn't seem to have been doing this prior to yesterday, when I formatted my system and upgraded from Windows 7 Home Premium to Professional edition. It doesn't even seem to be happening when I open ALL software, but most of it.. For example, CCleaner, and Word for sure will open under whatever window I have focused, even if that window is not maximized.

Anybody have any clues as to why this is happening?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2010   #2
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit

Hi Agent154, Welcome to SF,

I have seen this issue before it's "Prevent applications from stealing focus"
Unfortunately i didn't find a solution for Windows 7
You could try something that used to work in XP and sometimes in Vista

1, Go To Start > Regedit
2, Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel > Desktop
4, Right Click and Click on Export, name it Registrybackup and save it
3, On Right side you can see ForegroundLockTimeout
4, Change the ForegroundLockTimeout value to 30d40 (Hexadecimal) or 200000 (Decimal) to 0

The key ForeGroundFlashCount defines the amount of flashes of a window to alert the user where 0 means unlimited.

Also make sure Speech Recognition is off
If this didn't fix Run Game Booster Run that Program this will disable unwanted services

Hope this helps
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

Indeed this is a strange issue - I noticed after reading your instructions that the taskbar icon doesn't flash even once when I open it up, while the application is opened to the bottom of the stack of windows I already have open. I tried changing the regestry value for ForegroundLockTimeout as you suggested and it did not affect anything unfortunately.

I'll keep looking, however. Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

03 Jan 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Did you log off/log on after making the registry change?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64

You know, maybe this is a problem localized to CCleaner - i've tested other software and they open fine (most of the time).. but CCleaner always drops down to the desktop. I'll look into the settings for that program.

However, there was the odd time when I would open a word document from a file in explorer, and word would open under the explorer window instead of above it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 New applications opening under current window

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
BSOD when opening applications
First and foremost I must apologise, I am severely lacking in PC knowledge and thus want to apologise in advance if I miss some key information. I was playing the Witcher 3 recently, I don't usually use my computer for gaming and as such I forgot that it has a tendency to overheat. Eventually...
BSOD Help and Support
Open subform that has the current record of calling form at opening
I though this would be simple but searches have not worked. here is my code from the caling form: Private Sub BD_stuff_Click() On Error GoTo Err_BD_stuff_Click Dim stDocName As String Dim stLinkCriteria As String stLinkCriteria = CurrentRecord stDocName = "RFIsBD_stuff" ...
General Discussion
New folders opening behind current folder please help
Hi All, I have windows 7 64bit and today I installed objectdock plus 2. All of a sudden when I open a folder which has links and select a link the new folder opens underneath the current folder. Does anyone have any idea on how I can fix this apart from removing objectdock? Cheers
Adding 'open in new window' to search results, & opening in new window
Whenever I search in W7, I want to have the ability to open found folders in a new window. If I r-click, that option is not there. Is there a way to add this to W7? Also: When I go to 'open file location', the file's folder opens in the same window - highly annoying. In Vista, it opens in a new...
General Discussion
applications not opening
hi guys i have this problem with my new netbook there are applicatins that are not running such as google crome , mozilla, and other apps when im running my window normally but when i boot up my computer to safe mode it will allow those application to run. yesterday it was woking properly and when...
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:14.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App