Notepad opens minimized

When I open Notepad the icon appears on the taskbar. When I click the icon I see an image "appear" out of the top left hand corner of the screen and match up with the icon. If I click the icon again the image will move back up to the top left hand corner. The only way I can get Notepad to open is to right click the icon on the taskbar and Maximize.
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Use Windows Explorer go to the folder:

\Documents and Settings\<your user account name>\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\

and find the shortcut for Notepad.  Right click it and select Properties from the context menu that scrolls out.  On the Shortcut tab, look at the item labeled "Run".  Does it have "Minimized" as the content?  If so, use the list box to change it to "Normal Window" and click OK.  It should now open as a normal window.
Start > Run > regedit

Navigate to


Right click on the 'notepad' key (export it if you like) , and choose delete. Then re-run notepad.

Good luck!


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sutoriusAuthor Commented:
Beautiful! Thank you.
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sutoriusAuthor Commented:
Rvthost I meant to give the points to you. I will contact the authorities.
Glad I could assist! Thanks Sutorius.
sutoriusAuthor Commented:
LeeTutor I see what you are talking about I'm not sure if it was minimized or not before I tried rvthost suggestion. Do you guys mind if I split the points between you?
Sutorius, whatever you feel appropriate, I have no objections.  Thanks!
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