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    Curbing the Help Screen (Word 2000)

    File under "there must be a better way than this". I'm using Word 2000 and trying to get a macro (almost any macro) to run. Favourite method:

    VBA window half screen to the right
    Document window half screen the left so I can see what happens
    VBA Help window (often needed - I only use VBA when I get a rush of blood to head over some repetitious task) minimized on task bar.

    I'm tired, get sloppy or mouse jiggles on its own (as mice will do). I discover that Help screen is *actually* minimized to the left-hand side of the screen. Letting the cursor stray over it will promptly activate it. It maximized.

    I swear and have to re-minize help. When I so that VBA window promptly re-maximizes itself to whole screen.

    I swear and click on restore size button. VBA window restores, but to the left hand side of screen.

    I swear again and move VBA screen to the right, and resume work

    After all that swearing the mouse wants to run and hide, and I've got impatient Mouse wanders over right-hand side of screen. Loop to "I'm tired, ..."

    Can anyone tell me how to make the <bleep> help screen STAY MINIMIZED until I want it?

    Philippa

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    Re: Curbing the Help Screen (Word 2000)

    I've never seen a window restore or maximize itself automatically on a mouse-over. Do you have some kind of utility installed that could do that? (Check the Mouse control panel)

    Apart from that, make sure that "Tile automatically" in the toolbar at the top of the help window is off (see screenshot)

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    Re: Curbing the Help Screen (Word 2000)

    Hans

    What tile automatically? (Will try for screenshot, but I'm new to this system). I don't see any icon to the left of the Hide one.

    This problem is an old one - been bugging me for at least a couple of years. It only applies to my VB Help window - all the others behave normally. In fact even the VB Help screen behaves normally when the VB screen itself is maximized. this only turns up when the VB screen is *part* of the screen and its attendant help screen is maximized.

    At that point if I restore the VBA screen its half-screen setting, then click on Help button, the VBA Help screen is shown with Maximize, minimized and close button. It also has only the button shown in the attachment (if I get it to work) i.e. Hide, Back, Forward, Print, Options. I then minimize the screen and can just detect that it is sliding towards the right-hand edge of the screen.

    When I've reduced the VBA edit screen to the half screen, I can just see a "bump" on the right-hand edge of the screen. Putting the mouse over that produces the sequence I described - including the automatic maximizing of the VBA screen.

    Philippa

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    Re: Curbing the Help Screen (Word 2000)

    I'm sorry, I didn't know that Office 2000 is different in this respect from Office 2002 (which I'm using).

    Do OFF2000: Visual Basic Editor Window Is Resized When You Start Help or Chip Pearson's contribution in this newsgroup thread help?

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    Re: Curbing the Help Screen (Word 2000)

    Very interesting behaviour <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> - I'd never noticed it before, except for seeing the Help window strangely "minimize" like a left -> right transition in a PowerPoint slide show. But from your explanation, I think I can emulate the behaviour you speak of. On my system, this vertical bar also appears to be accessible only with non-maximized windows, as you'd expect I suppose. The overall behaviour seems a bit weird though. If I juggle the VBA window, a browser window and the "minimized" help window, I sometimes see the the vertical bar on RS of screen, sometimes not.

    I don't have a "solution" sorry, but might now try to adopt it as a "feature". <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Alan

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    Re: Curbing the Help Screen (Word 2000)

    Hans

    I played with it, and played with it, then finally broke it! The key to it appears to be in Chip Pearson's post you referred to. If the "IsFloating" registry key value is deleted, it will revert to the "by design" behaviour. But if the key is present:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice9.0CommonH elpViewer]
    "IsFloating"=dword:00000001

    then it behaves like "normal" HTML help. I removed it to get it back to the non-standard "by design" behaviour, which I quite like now - except for the annoying window resizing effect.

    Alan

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    Re: Curbing the Help Screen (Word 2000)

    > some repetitious task

    As an aside, I feel that this is the best reason of all for being in VBA: "If it's boring or repetitive, write a macro"

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