Unfortunately sometimes it will end up taking the long route in order to get something cleared up. Just think the 10240 upgrades were coming out much worse!
With most programs you will find the option to "keep on top of other windows" you check off"???) or in this one ("set program to be on top"???).
The ability to make some window to always stay on top exists at the Windows API level, but it is not in any way accessible through standard Windows user interface and is not casually available to the user. Some specific Windows applications might decide to provide user access to this feature (like Windows Task Manager, for one example), but this is just a peculiarity of those specific applications. Such applications are rare, so your older "With most programs..." is out of question.
5 Simple Ways To Keep Selected Windows On Top [Windows]
On the other hand...
AutoHotkey was a familiar tune found in the HowToGeek blog about this. The 3 Best Ways to Make a Window Always-on-Top on WindowsWithout Installing Anything Extra: Built-in Application Options
Many applications have built-in options to become always-on-top. These options are usually found in media players, system utilities, and other tools that may need to become always-on-top. Programs with plug-ins may also have an always-on-top plugin you can install.
I was having an issue in Windows 10 wherein the new windows (e.g., printing from email) would disappear behind all other windows. This is what fixed it for me:
- Go to Control Panel
- Select Ease of Access Center
- Click 'Make the Mouse Easier to Use'
- Uncheck "Activate a window by hovering over it with a mouse."
I hope this will help others with similar issues.
I open up a few windows (I like to multi-task) but eventually, I open up a window and it is behind all the others and it will not come to the front. I have to minimize the windows in front to work with it.
Closing and opening it makes no difference. And it does not seem to matter WHAT program opens the window, after about 2 to 3 hours, whatever window is opened gets stuck in the rear.
I have the free Windows 10 upgrade and upgraded from Windows 8.1. I went through the trouble of formatting the HD and re-installing windows 10 (Took a call to Microsoft to get it re-installed) but that did not fix the problem.
After Windows 10 is up and running for an extended period of time, this problem resurfaces.
Microsoft has yet to answer my request on how to fix this problem. Request submitted back in June of 2016.
I have exactly the same problem, after the Win 10 upgrade. The window selected from the taskbar stays in the background, and the currently active one stays on top, till it is removed by pressing the "-" or "x" on the top left hand corner.
By reading thread, I got the impression that TOC who posted the question first, uninstalled Win 10, to solve the problem. More an act of frustration! I tried the solution suggested by IzzyB68, and that solved the problem temporarily. It was back within a few hours and I see the the "hover select", is still unchecked. It does not appear to be an unfixable issue, but there are may not be so many who are affected and could have to do with another program interfering with the settings. Appreciate if anyone can help.
Thanks. It may not be so easy for me to do clean install, as for me migration of the applications in a laptop to a new one, is effort that takes several weeks. I suspect there may be an easier way to change the settings to fix the problem.