How to Stop Word From Opening Minimized Documents When Opening a New Document

by Ra Ryuken ; Updated September 28, 2017

Word is designed to initially open documents at maximized screen. Sometimes documents will start opening in a minimized window. This might have happened by an unusual program glitch that set and saved operating data, or the boundaries of the document window were set outside of the screen's range in a previous session and got saved. Word can be initially maximized again by following a few steps.

Click the “Start” Windows and select “All Programs.” Select the “Microsoft Office” folder.

Right-click the Microsoft Word program icon and select “Properties.” A new window will appear with options specific to Microsoft Word.

Click on the tab labeled “Shortcut.” There will be a field labeled “Run” with the options of Maximized, minimized, and normal window. Select the “Maximized” option. Click “Ok” and the properties window will close.

Close Word if it hasn’t been closed and restart. The program should now open all documents in maximized windows.


  • If this does not work for some reason, refer to references at Microsoft Support. There is another option configuring the program Registry, but it is not recommended. A Registry error can damage the program so it would be done at your own risk.

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Based in Maine, Ra Ryuken has been a professional writer since 2010. He has written for various online sources on many different topics. His writing interests include electronics, video games, and home improvement. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in business administration at the University of Maine and holds a pharmacy tech certification from Penn Foster Career School.

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