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How to give yourself an ulcer in one evening or why Word remains minimised on the Taskbar

I have just spent an extremely frustrating 3 hours trying to figure out why Word 2013 remained minimised on the task bar of my Windows 8 machine. Everything else opened up correctly including other Office applications such as Excel and PowerPoint.

I checked on other machines and it wasn’t the document I was trying to open – later found it was all Word documents – even those coming from my Skydrive.

Tried repairing Office – didn’t work

Looked through the registry – nothing

Tried opening Word through PowerShell – still minimised. Looked through the Word object – nothing.

Tried Internet searches – best option is to maximise through Task Manager – didn’t work. Tried move and size options – nothing.

Just had a brain wave. Yesterday I had an external monitor attached. Switched that on and there is Word in all its glory. Dragged the Window back to my laptop screen and everything works properly now.

So the moral of the story is don’t shut down word on an external monitor unless you want to give yourself an ulcer!

One Response to How to give yourself an ulcer in one evening or why Word remains minimised on the Taskbar

  • Jason says:

    Hehe, been there done that. At work had two screens with 1920×1080 each, while laptop has 1366×768. Trying RDP from home using laptop to the work’s PC was an daventure — stuff at right screen was not always shown. It even forced me to remember archaic keyboard shortcuts: Alt-Space, M, then left arrow key to move the active window to sight so that I can use the mouse to move it.

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