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    Can't tell which doc active in Word 2010

    Since I upgraded to Windows 10, I can't tell which document is active when I have 2 docs open side-by-side in Word 2010 (unless I search for the flashing cursor). I tried changing the color scheme from silver to blue and even to black but that didn't help. The title bar (where it says Document 1) stayed white. I almost always have 2 docs open side-by-side and before Windows 10 it was never a problem because the title bar was always a different color on the active window and it made it easy to tell between the two. Now, I am constantly typing in the wrong document because I mistakenly think the doc I want to work in is active when in reality the other is.

    Is there some way to fix this? Firefox finally fixed their tabs/windows to make those more easily noticeable but now I need to get this fixed. Then I think I'll finally be able to really enjoy Windows 10. Those are the 2 things that have been really driving me nuts about it. Not being able to tell which tab/window was active in Firefox and not being able to tell which document is active in Word.

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    N.B.E.,

    On my machine it's subtle but the active document has a White background on the ribbon while the inactive document has a light grey background. This is the area with the document title and the Tabs for the ribbon not the ribbon itself. Actually, I'm amazed that I noticed it (although I was looking very hard for differences) at all it's that subtle and my color vision isn't what it used to be and it was never very good! HTH
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    See the attached screenshot with two documents. Note the differences in the title bar and in the background color. This is very subtle. If you are not typing, there may be a vertical scroll bar showing as well.
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    Is there a way to make it less subtle? I don't think mine works the same way as yours. I've attached a screen shot showing what mine screen looks like with 2 blank docs side-by-side and I honestly can't tell which one is active. I know that Doc 2 was the last one I opened so it was active but it doesn't show those subtle differences (at least not that I can see). I didn't have this problem before Windows 10 so maybe the upgrade screwed something up or maybe I did.

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    N.B.E.,

    Don't know how I missed it the first time but...
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    Unfortunately, mine doesn't have such an obvious red X. I wish it did! Mine just has a black or grey X (depending on which is active).

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    There is no way to make it less subtle that I know about.
    My screen shots were from Word 2013 on Windows 10.

    The color difference is very slight, except in the title bar. Not only is the close (X) grey in the inactive document, but everything in the title bar (the title of the document, the minimize and maximize buttons and the close button) is grey. In the active document, these are black.

    This is apparently the result of the wish to make Windows 10 and Office 2013 more tablet-friendly. Unfortunately, it leaves us dinosaurs using traditional computers with a less user-friendly experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by naiveblueeyes View Post
    Unfortunately, mine doesn't have such an obvious red X. I wish it did! Mine just has a black or grey X (depending on which is active).
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    Sorry about that I was using Office 2010 on Win 8.1 not W10!
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    N.B.E.,

    Ok I tackled this on Win10 Home w/Office 2010 and I came up with a kludgy workaround which may or may not be useful to you but here it is.

    Place this Macro in a Module of your Normal.dotm file.
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    Option Explicit
    
    Sub HighlightActiveWindow()
    
       Dim iWindowCount As Integer
       Dim iCntr        As Integer
       
       iWindowCount = Application.Windows.Count
       
       For iCntr = 1 To iWindowCount
       
          If (Windows(iCntr).Caption = ActiveWindow.Caption) Then
            ActiveWindow.DisplayRulers = True
          Else
            Application.Windows(iCntr).DisplayRulers = False
          End If
          
       Next iCntr
       
    End Sub
    Create a shortcut to it...here's how. I used Ctrl+Y since that isn't used by anything else that I know of.

    Now when you have multiple Word Documents open just press Ctrl+Y or your key combo of choice and it will turn off the scroll bars on all but the active window.
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    Note: Yellow Highlighting Added.

    I tried to find an event which would fire and activate in Normal but couldn't come up with anything that wouldn't require you to place the macro in every document and I'm sure you don't want to do that. Maybe someone else has the answer to that. HTH
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    Ok, so basically that macro will act as a toggle key to turn the rulers on and off so I can check to see which window is active?

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    N.B.E.,

    Yes that's the idea. If someone can come up with an event that will detect the change of document from Normal then we can make it automatic.
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    BTW, Ctrl+Y is used for ReDo or repeat typing. I mostly use it for undoing an undo.
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    Yup, I use the heck out of it :-) I was thinking more along the lines of ALT+1 or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles Kenyon View Post
    BTW, Ctrl+Y is used for ReDo or repeat typing. I mostly use it for undoing an undo.
    Charles,

    Thanks! I'd forgot about that one. I haven't used Word much since 2009 when I stopped teaching MS Office classes. I took a stab at this one since it gave me a chance to use VBA in Word, more skills that are rusty! I'm really bummed that I couldn't find an event to trap via Normal to make this automatic.
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    Ok, I think I'm finally ready to try to tackle this. But first, what do you mean by
    Place this Macro in a Module of your Normal.dotm file.
    ? More specifically the "Module" part. Can you explain this a little simpler for me? Thanks!

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