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    OL forces Word to background on startup (OfficeXP Pro SP2/Windows2000 Pro

    This only appears to happen when I open Outlook first so I think this is the best forum.

    I am running Windows2000 SP3 with OfficeXP Pro SP2 and IE 6.0 SP1. I also use Word as the editor for Outlook.

    When I open Word after Outlook it opens behind some of the other running programs. The icon on the Taskbar is high-lighted (blue instead of grey) and flashes, indicating the program is ready/needs attention. I know this happens every time open Outlook before Word but haven
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    Re: OL forces Word to background on startup (Offic

    As you may not realise, in order to run Word as your email editor, Outlook is required to load Word "in the background". You'll see it (Winword.exe) on the Processes tab in Task Manager. When you deliberately open Word, it then becomes visible. I don't remember your symptoms with Office 2K and Win2K, but I believe that the same thing you are reporting MAY happen with Office 2003 NS WinXP.

    A workaround - if you're looking to save acreage on your Task Bar - is to use something like WatchCat which minimises any number of applications to the TaskBar tray. You can set it to work automatically once any particular window has been inactive for a number of minutes.

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    Re: OL forces Word to background on startup (Offic

    You're right, I had over looked the fact that Word is running in the back-ground. Mind you this happened in earlier versions, Office98 that I know of. What threw me is that with those Word still became the active window when you "opened" it.

    Ah well, must be a new "industry standard"/"undocumented feature" I will learn to live with along with all those (forgotten) others. I just thought I may have missed something.

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