Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a strange problem with my Windows 7 environment whereby an active window will suddenly minimize for no reason. Here is an exact example :

1) Working on a WORD doc, I decide I need to do a small calculation, and open 'Calculator'.

2) Calculator window appears as active window, sitting on top with Word doc visible behind.

3) As I am typing my figures into calculator, it will suddenly minimize. Only way to get around this is to minimize all windows, then bring up calculator.

4) And one more hint... if mouse pointer is resting anywhere over window (eg. calculator), it will not minimize as described. Only when pointer moves off the window. Behavior is therefore as if I am clicking on another window (when I'm not).

Any ideas out there much appreciated !

Note : This happens with other apps.. not just calculator. That was just an example.


share|improve this question
Are you on a laptop? –  MrStatic Dec 2 '10 at 1:46

2 Answers 2

up vote 1 down vote accepted

If u are using win 7, open ctrl panel go to "Ease of Access" In "Ease of Access Center" tab click "How your mouse works" then click "Make the mouse easier to use" In that and under "Make it easier to manage windows" Uncheck the the first option "Activate the window by hovering........."

It worked for me and hope the same to you


share|improve this answer
Thank you, thank you, thank you !! I posted that question over 6 months ago.. and the problem has been happening for even longer. That answer worked perfectly. Yay !! –  user39013 Jun 24 '11 at 11:11

Since you asked for "any" ideas, I've been caught by this phenomena a few times when I had two keyboards or mice plugged in, sometimes one bluetooth or laptop, and it was sitting under a pile of papers pressing on the control/escape key. The time when it picked up the bluetooth keyboard in my laptop bag was the worst.

Just in case that silly solution helps ;)


share|improve this answer
Hey thanks Jeff, not silly... it gets me thinking on a certain train.. perhaps there is something wrong with the keyboard itself for example. I'll do some experiments. Bazza :-) –  user39013 Dec 3 '10 at 5:07

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.