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Opening a Word doc w/o other docs popping up

by msshain / January 21, 2008 6:21 PM PST

Whenever I open a MS Word file a previously opened and minimized Word doc will pop back up in front of it. Is there a setting to prevent this?

I am using Windows XP sp2 and Ms Word 2002.

Thank you.

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Do you mean....
by Papa Echo / January 23, 2008 8:54 PM PST

You open a Word doc.. then minimize it (it goes to the task bar.) You then open another Word doc. and the first Word doc. pops up in front ? Does this happen to every/any Word doc. ? ( i.e. you minimize any Word doc. and then open any other Word doc. and the firat one will pop up in front ? )

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Re. Do you mean...
by msshain / January 23, 2008 9:47 PM PST
In reply to: Do you mean....

Yes, that is exactly what occurs.

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Seems to be inherent to ...
by Kees Bakker / January 23, 2008 10:24 PM PST
In reply to: Re. Do you mean...

opening the document with DDE. To get rid of it: disable the DDE in the open action and use the 'normal' "%1" in the 'command line'. Then it will open in a separate instance and the old instance will stay minimized in the task bar. But you need alt-tab in stead of f6 then to switch between documents.

If this is Greek for you, consider to accept the situation as it is. Or ask for details.


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Re: Seems to be inherent to ...
by msshain / January 24, 2008 2:39 AM PST

Thank you that seems to be on the right track. If I understood you correctly....

I went to Control Panel, then Folder Options, File Types, then under File Types:
DOC Microsoft Word Document:
Advanced (button),
Open, Edit (button),

In the box:
Editing action for type: Microsoft Word Document
there was:


Application used to perform action:
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\WINWORD.EXE" /n /f /dde

Use DDE (Checked)

DDE Message:
[REM _DDE_Direct][FileNew("%1")]


DDE Application Not Running: (Blank)


At that point I was a little unclear what I should change.
Do I uncheck the DDE box?
Where do I type in new instuctions?
Does the Application used to perform action:
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\WINWORD.EXE" /n /f /dde
need to be altered?

Thanks, I hope I am not asking too much.

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That's quite right.
by Kees Bakker / January 24, 2008 5:17 AM PST
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Re.That's quite right.
by msshain / January 24, 2008 5:42 AM PST
In reply to: That's quite right.

Thanks Kees!!

That did the trick. I appreciate you patiently and meticulously walking me through that. I will remember your aid while I am working with multiple Word documents, which is constantly.

Thank you again,

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(NT) Glad I could help. Thanks for posting back.
by Kees Bakker / January 24, 2008 6:57 AM PST
In reply to: Re.That's quite right.
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Keeping other Word docs from popping up
by BlankStarkman / May 30, 2008 12:16 AM PDT

Just tried this myself (boy, what a trick when trying to google this issue to find a result!).

Worked wonderfully.



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Same question, but for Windows Vista?
by space_imagi / August 6, 2013 1:40 PM PDT


I have this same question. However, I can't find "File types" under Control Panel > Folder Options. It seems that Windows Vista is a little different. How should I go about fixing this problem?


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