I sometimes open the Run dialog in order to type something while watching a video. It is my "notepad". Since the new version of Chrome (currently 60.0.3112.113) Chrome is always on top on my Windows 10 system. How can I make the Run dialog be on top of Chrome again?

Note: Pressing F11 twice like described in the post Google Chrome: Always On Top Bug does not solve the issue.

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    Have you tried Chromium, the public-domain version of Chrome? I use version 60 on Linux without problems, and there are no apparent add-on compatibility issues, but maybe the always-on-top bug is only on Windows. You can use the portable version to check it out quickly.
    – AFH
    Sep 1, 2017 at 16:54
  • I was using it on Linux. Good point. Last restart of Chrome fixed the problem by the way. Seems that some other software (installation) was the problem.
    – Michael S.
    Sep 2, 2017 at 18:42
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    "Have you tried Chromium,?????????" Surely you gest! You really think I'm gonna load a different version of a browser just to fix what should be a "toggle" setting in "REAL" Chrome? Try this instead...... 1. Go to Chrome Settings. 2. Scroll down to On Startup 3. Select "Continue where you left off" 4. Shut down Chrome 5. Reopen. 6. Chrome will no longer "insist" on being ON TOP. 7. You're welcome. :-) May 1, 2019 at 14:58
  • I'm having exact same issue for multiple Chromium-based applications: Chrome browser, Brave browser, Dissenter browser, Visual Studio Code. It just happens randomly now and again to a window of those applications I have open, and I need to restart to fix it. Dec 21, 2019 at 12:52
  • @MichaelScott, Thank you. Worked perfectly. Wasted a lot of time trying other things. Please try this for anyone who faced the same issue.
    – Chandan
    Aug 1, 2022 at 2:03

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I Had that problem as well. Some YouTube comment revealed that combo to me, so I tried it and it worked.

Using Windows 7 64-bit.

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    as of 6/11/2019 this key combination is not working for me. Jun 11, 2019 at 11:19
  • I tried the F11 thing above too. But closing all of my chrome windows and reopening worked! That was annoying. Jun 11, 2019 at 11:21
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    While the shortcut works, the problem occasionally comes back. Very annoying. Is this caused by Windows or by Chrome?
    – johey
    Jun 29, 2019 at 15:39
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    Funny. I had this problem in Linux with Brave browser (based on Chromium), and the solution was the same key combo! So it must be something in the browser.
    – donquixote
    Oct 9, 2019 at 10:44
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    Combo does not work for me Dec 21, 2019 at 12:49

I had one of my Chrome windows always on top while the other behaved as usual. None of workarounds mentioned here helped to cure the problematic window.

Then I closed it with Alt+F4, switched to the second unaffected Chrome window and pressed Ctrl+Shift+T to reoped all just closed tabs. This helped in my case.

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    I ran into this strange problem as well (using Chromium 80 in Linux). To be safer you can right click in the empty space of the tab bar and 'Bookmark all tabs' to a folder first and then right click the folder and 'Open all' in a new window. Or, what worked for me, was to simply open a new window with ctrl+n and drag my few open tabs over to it.
    – Besworks
    Apr 7, 2020 at 14:48
  • Closing the current window always fixes the problem temporarily, but it then eventually comes back. Perhaps it's a symptom of keeping Chrome continuously open for longer then it should be! I have startup set to 'continue where you left off' so all my taps reopen when I reopen Chrome. Note I'm running Canary (and this issue has persisted over many updates).
    – lukeuser
    Aug 6, 2020 at 7:21
  • Also note the problem I'm having isn't a matter of 'focus'; when experiencing this bug, I can have another window in 'focus' (so accepting the keyboard input) but all I will see is Chrome (if it is maximised). This also applies to other Chrome windows (so new Chrome windows which are opened might take focus but won't be visible until I minimise the problematic Chrome window). Certain windows which 'force' themselves on top can still be seen over the Chrome window.
    – lukeuser
    Aug 6, 2020 at 7:37

I use PowerToys from Microsoft and the shortcut is Win+Ctrl+T

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Reset chrome settings to default, advanced clear history worked for me. Only thing is it removes all of your extensions and themes.

  • Not sure why this is downvoted. I tried the other answers (as of this comment date) and this is what I had to resort to unfortunately.
    – Kristopher
    Nov 15, 2021 at 19:12
  • Tried reinstalling Chrome and then removing all extensions, developer mode, and installed them one by one back to find the buggy extension to fix the problem.
    – kisna
    May 19, 2022 at 15:50

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