Solution: Microsoft Word always stays on top of all other windows (which I didn't want)
At work I use a Windows PC. For some reason Microsoft Word windows were always staying on top of every other window. This was tolerable for a little bit, but very quickly became a real problem. I wasn't able to use a different application and view a Word document at the same time and the only way I could switch to another window was by minimizing the Word window. I finally figured out (serendipitously) how to get things to behave properly...
Here are the relevant specs for this problem:
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional OS
- Microsoft Office 2003
I noticed that Outlook email messages also had this same problem. Whenever I was editing an email, that edit window was always on top of every other window. At first I thought it was an Office problem but I then figured out that Outlook was configured to use Word to edit e-mail messages.
So to fix at least the email window always on top problem, I disabled the option (by unchecking it) to use Word to edit messages. The surprising thing was that after clicking OK all other Word windows started behaving properly.
I suppose I could have tried closing Outlook all together to see if Word still misbehaved on its own but I don't remember if I had tried that. The funny thing is, that I'm not able to recreate the issue by re-checking the option. Gotta love that. I couldn't find a solution to this via a Google search, so I thought I'd post something else for people to try.