minimizing menu/windows

March 11, 2010 at 10:03:52
Specs: xp pro, 650 /256mb
I searched thru old posts and have not found anything related. ( not sure of correct terminology)

When I click on the start button, the start menu pops up and stays as long as I keep my cursor on the start button. If I move off of the start button the start menu disappears. If I carefully move directly from the start button to the start menu I can use it

If I have several windows open and I click on a background window's icon in the task bar it pops up, but when I try ti move to that window it also minimizes before the cursor gets to it.

If I move the cursor anywhere not related to what popped up that window/menu minimizes.

Thanks in advance, I'm pulling out my hair. :D

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March 11, 2010 at 20:20:57
treveena, not sure I follow (think I do?). Click on Start and take a look at settings. Mine shows taskbar & start menu. Yours? If not you can access it thru the control panel. Look at taskbar settings and make sure you have the 'lock taskbar' and 'keep taskbar on top of other windows' boxes checked. Think that'll do what you want.
Ed in Texas.

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March 13, 2010 at 20:27:48
Thanks for the reply...

My task bar, start button, process tray(& clock) stay on top like i want ( and work fine).
I installed a program "folder size" and not sure if it has anything to do with this.
I also noticed around the same time that some lame "" search box showed up in my IE.... not sure what is causing this if anything is.

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March 14, 2010 at 01:00:41
treveena, since you say '' keeps putting up a nag, I'd guess you have a worm/trojan nasty. Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (info only. I’m not paid for recommendation) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed Dunno about Windows 7..
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Ed in Texas.

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March 15, 2010 at 13:11:27
No there is no nag for I had noticed it in the IE toolbars. I cleaned it (removed app) and it is gone.

I have read something about "window focus".Basically I am looking to see if there is a way to increase the delay a window or menu stays "in focus"

I don't get worms, trojans or viruses because I don't use computer based mail only web based and I do not open any emails I suspect. I also only go to safe sites and have not used any anti virus in 10 years.... knock on wood...

I appreciate the responses so far..... keep them coming


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March 15, 2010 at 13:51:30

You could check the following web page. It has the Registry setting for delaying the stealing of focus.

Here's another one on 'Stealing focus':

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March 21, 2010 at 18:51:31
Thanks but that didn't help either...

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March 24, 2010 at 13:56:55
Hello, there's always X-Setup 9 Pro, it might help...

(if not, it's still an awesome proggy) =P of luck!

...It is simply phsychological analysis consisting mostly of theories I myself have to decypher and deter their respective plausibility...

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April 21, 2010 at 15:07:40
Hey finally found the solution....X-Mouse focus..

credit to these guys:

in short......

There are two options in TweakUI you can change to adjust the mouse focus:

1. Expand the 'Mouse' category on the far left, and click the sub-category 'X-Mouse.' In the right-hand panel, ensure that Activation follows X-Mouse is *not* enabled. Note that when x-mouse style window activation *is* enabled, you need only move the mouse into the window in order to give it focus (normally you must click on a window in order to give it focus).

2. Expand the 'General' category and click on the sub-category 'Focus.' In the right-hand panel, check the box labeled "Prevent applications from stealing focus" and set a preference for how many times you want the Window to flash when an event occurs.

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