Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Edmonton Alberta
    Posts
    56
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Active Window to come to the front, is there a setting?

    Is there a setting that makes the active window come to the front? I have recently started using Windows7 Pro and find it most annoying that a window will open behind the current... where I do not see it and wonder why program xx is not installing.. downloading or waiting for a response from me.

    This seems to be somewhat of a common problem.. one forum suggested I select properties from my task bar and from the Taskbar button selection.. select "combine when taskbar is full". Surprisingly this helped.. a bit. Now my calculator will in fact open in front of my browser.. but... Doing something like burning a DVD (with the built in MS DVD program) still happens behind every other window with no indication of when it is done or any notifications.

    This is on a new system.. but with all the other "new" things in Windows7 I may not have noticed when it was "brand" new and only now that I am using the computer have found it.

    Any thoughts.. or solutions?
    Thanks for your time

  2. #2
    Plutonium Lounger Medico's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    12,631
    Thanks
    161
    Thanked 936 Times in 856 Posts
    I do not know about a setting, but Alt + Tab will bring the hidden Window forward. If multiple windows are open this will rotate through the various windows.

    As a note, in Win 8 Pro this brings up a separate box that shows all open windows so you can tab through all the windows and choose which you want.

    AltTab.jpg
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
    Have a Great Day! Ted


    Sony Vaio Laptop, 2.53 GHz Duo Core Intel CPU, 8 GB RAM, 320 GB HD
    Win 8 Pro (64 Bit), IE 10 (64 Bit)


    Complete PC Specs: By Speccy

  3. #3
    5 Star Lounger RussB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Posts
    803
    Thanks
    10
    Thanked 50 Times in 49 Posts
    The Wizmouse utility will bring the window under the cursor to the top when you touch the scroll wheel. I use the utility but not with that setting as it messes with drop-down lists.
    But it will scroll a window that is in the background.
    Do you "Believe"? Do you vote? Please Read:
    LEARN something today so you can TEACH something tomorrow.
    DETAIL in your question promotes DETAIL in my answer.
    Dominus Vobiscum <))>(

  4. #4
    Super Moderator jwitalka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    6,794
    Thanks
    117
    Thanked 799 Times in 720 Posts
    I think the OP is referring to windows completely hidden and you don't even realize they exist. I've run into setup programs that open up a window requiring a response that sits hidden behind the current window. I don't see it unless I notice a new icon on the task bar or minimize the other open windows. I believe this due to poor coding and I don't know of any Windows setting to fix this annoyance.

    Jerry

  5. #5
    Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Edmonton Alberta
    Posts
    56
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Thanks Jerry.. that is exactly my problem. I am surprised that MS has not seen fit to fix this.. or that anyone has accurately defined what causes it.

  6. #6
    Plutonium Lounger Medico's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    12,631
    Thanks
    161
    Thanked 936 Times in 856 Posts
    As Jerry mentioned, poor coding. When you are installing an app, just try the Alt + Tab to see if something comes forward.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
    Have a Great Day! Ted


    Sony Vaio Laptop, 2.53 GHz Duo Core Intel CPU, 8 GB RAM, 320 GB HD
    Win 8 Pro (64 Bit), IE 10 (64 Bit)


    Complete PC Specs: By Speccy

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •