Windows 10: Minimized windows don't restore properly Solved

  1.    16 Dec 2016 #1

    Minimized windows don't restore properly

    When I minimize windows to the taskbar they don't all restore properly. They restore off screen and are resized to their smallest size. Like this:
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    I have an old program that centers almost any open window even some minimized ones. Which is the reason I know what's happening.

    I'm running an Inspiron 15 laptop with Win 10 1511 build 10586.713 (It also happened on 1607 build 14393.576 I put in a new HDD).

    The programs it always happens with are:
    Total Commander v. 9.0a x64
    LibreOffice v.

    It has happened with:
    Dell Power Manager Lite v. 1.0.4
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  2. Posts : 7,649
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1709
       17 Dec 2016 #2

    When you say you have an old program that centers windows, is it possible that it may be causing issue. Not sure what the program is but some programs that are not supported will run under an OS but their results are unpredictable.

    Would it be worth trying to uninstall the program, see how Libre Office works and if it still wonky you could search a Window solution. If it shrinks and restores okay they you need to find a solution with old program. Just a thought.
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  3.    17 Dec 2016 #3

    Hi Caledon thanks for the reply

    I'll go through it all step by step

    1. I open TC (Total Commander or I could say LibreOffice)
    2. I minimize TC
    3. I click on TC on the task bar to restore it
    4. Nothing appears to happen
    5. I open the old program "Desk Lite" and center all windows
    6. I find TC as pictured in my first post

    Desk Lite does not install it's totally self contained. I had not even had it on my laptop at all until after the problem started.

    Also, I had 1607 on it which is when the problem started. I had a second, larger SSD which I had been thinking of putting in the laptop so I thought I'd put it in and reinstall Windows 10 as a fresh install from an ISO I d/led from Dell. This put 1511 on the system and the problem persists.

    Edit: I apologize if I seem snippy. It's frustrating.
    Last edited by redwdc; 17 Dec 2016 at 17:27.
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  4. Posts : 7,649
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1709
       18 Dec 2016 #4

    No apologies needed. I didn't think you were being snippy. We all just want this technology to work to help us, not consume our working hours fixing it.

    Did some more checking. Any chance that you run, say at the office or home, or did run a multi monitor config.

    Found this. Bring Misplaced Off-Screen Windows Back to Your Desktop (Keyboard Trick)
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  5.    18 Dec 2016 #5

    Have you modified ""Change the size of text, apps and other items" in Customize your display section? - if so, reset it to 100% and see if it helps.
    I had the same issue and it worked.
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  6.    19 Dec 2016 #6

    Thank you guys for the suggestions. However, Saturday night I got fed up and scraped Windows and restarted from scratch. A habit of mine for the past 30 years.

    So far no problems. I glad Brink posted a tutorial on deleting old restore points because I didn't need them. I keep you suggestions in my fixes file just in case.
    Last edited by redwdc; 19 Dec 2016 at 21:55.
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