Windows XP "on top" issue

Discussion in 'Windows XP General' started by Guest, May 17, 2006.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I have a program window open, and then open a second window. The second
    window is "on top" until I move the cursor outside the second window's
    display area. At that point, the second window dissapears behind the original
    window. On the task bar, I can left click once to restore the second window,
    but when I move the cursor out of the task bar area, the second window
    dissapears again. Has anyone any idea how to fix this issue?
    Thanks!
    Joe
     
    Guest, May 17, 2006
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  2. Guest

    DanS Guest

    =?Utf-8?B?SzRNRA==?= <> wrote in
    news::

    > I have a program window open, and then open a second window. The
    > second window is "on top" until I move the cursor outside the second
    > window's display area. At that point, the second window dissapears
    > behind the original window. On the task bar, I can left click once to
    > restore the second window, but when I move the cursor out of the task
    > bar area, the second window dissapears again. Has anyone any idea how
    > to fix this issue? Thanks!
    > Joe
    >
    >


    Is this ANY window or the window belonging to a specific program ?
     
    DanS, May 17, 2006
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  3. Guest

    Bob I Guest

    Sounds like "focus follows" mouse. Some mouse utilities have a setting
    that can do that for you.

    K4MD wrote:

    > I have a program window open, and then open a second window. The second
    > window is "on top" until I move the cursor outside the second window's
    > display area. At that point, the second window dissapears behind the original
    > window. On the task bar, I can left click once to restore the second window,
    > but when I move the cursor out of the task bar area, the second window
    > dissapears again. Has anyone any idea how to fix this issue?
    > Thanks!
    > Joe
    >
     
    Bob I, May 17, 2006
    #3
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Any new window.

    "DanS" wrote:

    > =?Utf-8?B?SzRNRA==?= <> wrote in
    > news::
    >
    > > I have a program window open, and then open a second window. The
    > > second window is "on top" until I move the cursor outside the second
    > > window's display area. At that point, the second window dissapears
    > > behind the original window. On the task bar, I can left click once to
    > > restore the second window, but when I move the cursor out of the task
    > > bar area, the second window dissapears again. Has anyone any idea how
    > > to fix this issue? Thanks!
    > > Joe
    > >
    > >

    >
    > Is this ANY window or the window belonging to a specific program ?
    >
     
    Guest, May 17, 2006
    #4
  5. Guest

    DanS Guest

    =?Utf-8?B?SzRNRA==?= <> wrote in
    news::

    > Any new window.
    >
    > "DanS" wrote:
    >
    >> =?Utf-8?B?SzRNRA==?= <> wrote in
    >> news::
    >>
    >> > I have a program window open, and then open a second window. The
    >> > second window is "on top" until I move the cursor outside the second
    >> > window's display area. At that point, the second window dissapears
    >> > behind the original window. On the task bar, I can left click once to
    >> > restore the second window, but when I move the cursor out of the task
    >> > bar area, the second window dissapears again. Has anyone any idea how
    >> > to fix this issue? Thanks!
    >> > Joe
    >> >
    >> >

    >>
    >> Is this ANY window or the window belonging to a specific program ?
    >>


    I'd look first to Bob idea, but if you haven't done anything/installed
    anything......

    Have you tried a system restore ?
     
    DanS, May 17, 2006
    #5
  6. Guest

    Guest

    Go to Microsoft's website and search for Tweak UI or follow this link:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx
    and look down the side for Tweak UI and dowload it. You can try this
    direct link to the download as well:
    http://download.microsoft.com/downl...a6-b352-839afb2a2679/TweakUiPowertoySetup.exe

    After downloading and installing, run it and go to the Mouse option and
    expand it > choose X-Mouse and change the settings there.. Hope that
    helps.

    Let us know if it does.
     
    , May 17, 2006
    #6
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Please read my latest post.
    Thanks,
    K4MD

    "Bob I" wrote:

    > Sounds like "focus follows" mouse. Some mouse utilities have a setting
    > that can do that for you.
    >
    > K4MD wrote:
    >
    > > I have a program window open, and then open a second window. The second
    > > window is "on top" until I move the cursor outside the second window's
    > > display area. At that point, the second window dissapears behind the original
    > > window. On the task bar, I can left click once to restore the second window,
    > > but when I move the cursor out of the task bar area, the second window
    > > dissapears again. Has anyone any idea how to fix this issue?
    > > Thanks!
    > > Joe
    > >

    >
    >
     
    Guest, May 19, 2006
    #7
  8. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Thanks for the replies! The problem is solved, but I'm not sure which effort
    was the winner. Here is what I did:
    I had already used the Tweak.ui to try to fix the problem. The second thing
    I did was to relaod the Intellimouse Optical driver, and reinstall it. I do
    believe this was the most effective thing I did, but wait until you here what
    happened next.
    I rebooted my computer, and it hung in the restart process. Reset button
    would not work, and there is no power switch (HP), so I unplugged it for
    several minutes. After reattaching the power cord, the restart still hung, so
    I again unplugged the computer. I opened the case and checked the seating of
    all cards and RAM. Reapplied power, and the same stall was still present.
    Exasperated, I unplugged the machine and went to bed. The next morning, I
    reattached the power cord and the machine restarted normally, and the problem
    was fixed! So was it Tweak.ui, Driver update from the latest one on the
    Microsoft downloads, or some other thing...
    I just don't know. I will tell you that the unreliable restart has me
    considering the hardware replacement avenue. Again thanks for the replies!!!
    K4MD

    "" wrote:

    > Go to Microsoft's website and search for Tweak UI or follow this link:
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx
    > and look down the side for Tweak UI and dowload it. You can try this
    > direct link to the download as well:
    > http://download.microsoft.com/downl...a6-b352-839afb2a2679/TweakUiPowertoySetup.exe
    >
    > After downloading and installing, run it and go to the Mouse option and
    > expand it > choose X-Mouse and change the settings there.. Hope that
    > helps.
    >
    > Let us know if it does.
    >
    >
     
    Guest, May 19, 2006
    #8
  9. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Please read my latest post.
    Thanks,
    K4MD

    "DanS" wrote:

    > =?Utf-8?B?SzRNRA==?= <> wrote in
    > news::
    >
    > > Any new window.
    > >
    > > "DanS" wrote:
    > >
    > >> =?Utf-8?B?SzRNRA==?= <> wrote in
    > >> news::
    > >>
    > >> > I have a program window open, and then open a second window. The
    > >> > second window is "on top" until I move the cursor outside the second
    > >> > window's display area. At that point, the second window dissapears
    > >> > behind the original window. On the task bar, I can left click once to
    > >> > restore the second window, but when I move the cursor out of the task
    > >> > bar area, the second window dissapears again. Has anyone any idea how
    > >> > to fix this issue? Thanks!
    > >> > Joe
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> Is this ANY window or the window belonging to a specific program ?
    > >>

    >
    > I'd look first to Bob idea, but if you haven't done anything/installed
    > anything......
    >
    > Have you tried a system restore ?
    >
     
    Guest, May 19, 2006
    #9
  10. >> <> wrote in

    >> > I have a program window open, and then open a second window. The
    >> > second window is "on top" until I move the cursor outside the second
    >> > window's display area. At that point, the second window dissapears
    >> > behind the original window.


    That sounds like the X-window (or is it called X-mouse?) feature, as
    enabled via TweakUI. This is borrowed from Unix X-window GUIs, where
    hovering the mouse pointer over a window's area will bring it to the
    top. I find it distracting, and prefer not to use it myself.



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    cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user), May 20, 2006
    #10
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