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    Photo Editor (Office 2000)

    I use the Photo Editor of Office 2000 for basic JPG viewing and editing. From time to time, the application will begin to refuse to appear unless it's maximized. If I double click a JPG file, Photo Editor opens, but is minimized on the tray until I right-click it and choose Maximize. It minimizes without a problem. But Restore has the same effect as Minimize. I've tried doing a reinstall of Office 2000 (repair/fix), but that doesn't help. Only a complete uninstall, followed by a new install gets things back to the way they ought to work.

    Any ideas on how to deal with this?
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    Re: Photo Editor (Office 2000)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Phil Rabichow on 03-Jan-03 09:32. to change "Word" to "Photo Editor")</P>Hi Richard:
    This used to happen to me all the time with Word in Win 95. I've forgotten how I kept causing it, but I have the cure. Restore doesn't work because the Photo Editor program window is already restored! The problem isn't that the window is minimized, but that the normal window is entirely off the visible portion of the screen.

    One solution is:

    1. Open Photo Editor and some other program, such as Notepad. (These should be the only two tasks visible on the Task bar.)
    2. Right-click on a blank spot on the Task bar. Windows displays a Context menu.
    3. On the Context menu, choose Cascade Windows. Photo Editor's program window (along with Notepad's) should now appear on your screen.
    4. Adjust the size and position of the window, as desired.
    5. Close Photo Editor and the other program you opened in step 1.

    Another is:
    While the application is in the "restored" condition, it will probably look like it's minimized. Right click the application on the taskbar & choose move (or press Alt+Spacebar+M). Now you can use the arrow keys to move it to a "normal size". Close Photo Editor while it's now in a "normal" window. It should open that size next time.

    You can also choose "size", rather than "move". You have to be familiar with how to size a window using the keyboard. The first up or down arrow positions the cursor at the top or bottom border of the window respectively. Then using up or down arrow will adjust the size. (Trouble is that you don't know if the real window is above or below your vision, so you have to experiment.)

    Cheers,

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    Re: Photo Editor (Office 2000)

    Thanks for the suggestion, but it didn't work. Photo Editor stayed minimized. But I thought of a solution... I wrote a macro in Word to cycle through the Tasks collection. When it hit the Photo Editor, I restored it and then sized it. That made Photo Editor behave. I think I once had your problem with Word... and I solved it in VBA with application.window state wdStateNormal.... and that worked fine.

    Richard

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    Re: Photo Editor (Office 2000)

    Hi Richard.

    I've also found that sometimes the shortcut's properties at start / programs sometimes gets altered -- I'm clueless how -- but by changing the properties for that shortcut to run in Normal it generally resolves my issue.
    Karen

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    Re: Photo Editor (Office 2000)

    The shortcut is set to run in Normal window, but I'll check it next time this occurs. For the moment, the best solution has been the macro which I wrote in Word. I can't size or move the application from the task bar as has been suggested. I've used the Photo Editor for about three years, and this started about two weeks ago... seemingly out of nowhere.

    Richard

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    Re: Photo Editor (Office 2000)

    <hr>this started about two weeks ago... seemingly out of nowhere<hr>
    I hate it when that happens. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> If you can't recall what you added or deleted when this started to occur, do a search for Files & Folders that have been created or modified within a few day range of when the problem occurred. Maybe that can jog your memory.

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    Re: Photo Editor (Office 2000)

    I know when it happened.... I was working my way through a folder, double clicking on JPG files. They had all been opening as expected, and then I double clicked on one, and Photo Editor minimized and would maximzie but not restore. No other applications or installs were involved.

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    Re: Photo Editor (Office 2000)

    I'm at a loss. My gut tells me that it's some corruption in the registry. Repairs don't change your preferences & many other settings. A complete uninstall & reinstall does. But obviously, something is causing changes.

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    Re: Photo Editor (Office 2000)

    It's happended five times now. The first two times I uninstalled and reinstalled (after repair didn't work). Now the macro I wrote in Word works beautifully. The macro finds the task, sets window state to normal, positions the application and sizes it. I think I'll add some code so that before doing these things it retrieves/reports the current position and size. That might tell me something.... not that it matters.

    Richard

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