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Windows not coming to the front in Windows 7

Posted on 2012-04-11
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I use two monitors with my PC running Win7.
With some applications, skype being an example, when I click on them in the taskbar
then don't come to the foreground, the only show when I minimize a window that's in front of them.

Is there some setting I need to change?
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This is actually something that is typically caused by the application itself versus Windows.  Here is a similar discussion from the Microsoft message boards:

How do I keep a window to always stay on top in Windows 7?
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by:wannabecraig
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Sorry, I don't understand, that discussion is confusing.

Are you saying it's the application that wont pop out on top of the other programs window?
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by:Run5k
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The main point was in the selected answer versus reading the entire discussion.

Essentially, yes.  In other words, Windows 7 isn't selective about which windows it does/doesn't allow to be brought to the front.  That's something inherent to the application itself, but as that answer on the Microsoft boards implies, there are software utilities available from computer makers, video card vendors, and third-party software companies that are designed to help in that regard.  For example, that selected answer included a hyperlink to a free utility that allows you to manipulate specific windows in that manner.
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by:jcimarron
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wannabecraig--Assuming you are using tabs, click IE Tools|Internet Options|General tab|Tab section|Settings check the box "Always Switch to New Tabs...".
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HI,

I'm gonna lock up the question cause it was fixed by a reboot which means I didn't need the any apps.
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