Microsoft Word restores all open documents when clicking on a .DOC file

Posted by Joel Spolsky on Super User See other posts from Super User or by Joel Spolsky
Published on 2009-08-07T14:49:15Z Indexed on 2010/03/12 2:47 UTC
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I tend to have a few Word documents that I keep open all the time, with notes for a long-running project. Normally they are all minimized.

The problem is that when I click on a different .doc or .docx file in Windows Explorer, even though the new document opens in its own window, the other, minimized Word documents get restored, too. Now I have several restored windows that I wanted to keep minimized.

I started noticing this problem on Windows 7, but I'm not sure if it's unique to Windows 7. I'm using Word 2007.

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