Bring to front

Have you ever “lost” a window?  You click on it on the taskbar but it won’t reappear.  You have no choice but to kill the program, losing anything that you hadn’t saved.

Well, here’s a tip for you – bring up the Task Manager (press ctrl+shift+esc, right click on the taskbar and click “Task Manager” or press ctrl+alt+del followed by t), navigate to the Applications tab, right click on the program that you can’t bring up and click “Bring To Front.” No more losing a half-written email before you save it!  No more losing your work. I hope that this saves you some time and frustration. Sorted!

From my experience, this problem generally happens when you minimise a window just before it pops up a dialog box.  Using the task bar won’t restore the application as it can’t change its window state until you’ve responded to the dialog.  Shame you can’t actually see the dialog box…


  1. Louise said,

    November 11, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

    Or you can right click the window in the taskbar and select ‘Maximise’. I found that also helps to bring the window to the forefront. Great tip though, as ‘Maximise’ doesn’t always work, unless the ‘Bring To Front’ option from the Task Manager is just as temperamental!

  2. Brian said,

    November 11, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

    From what I’ve seen, “Bring To Front” is the solution to a tempermental “Maximise” function 🙂

  3. Jaimin said,

    January 13, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

    Or you could have an Apple Mac………

  4. Brian said,

    June 11, 2010 @ 8:03 am

    Yes, Jaimin, because the correct solution to not wanting to learn how to use a computer properly is to buy a more expensive one… I see you haven’t changed, Mr Mac Fanboy :p

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