Word Document Won't Minimize When Clicking the Restore Down Box

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Word Document Won't Minimize When Clicking the Restore Down Box
Computers often lock up when too much memory is occupied, making it difficult to minimise and maximise various programs. (computer screen with padlock image by patrimonio designs from Fotolia.com)

Most of us have experienced the frustration associated with an unresponsive computer. Computers can freeze up when too much memory is being utilised by various processes running in the background. Often, a program such as Microsoft Word will not minimise because too many other programs are open at the same time. There are several ways to resolve this issue.

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    Close any unnecessary programs. This will free up extra memory on your computer and increase Microsoft Word's responsiveness.

  2. 2

    Click the correct "Minimize" button. In Microsoft Word, this is the third tab from the right beside the "Restore Down" tab in the upper-right corner. The "Minimize" tab is designated by a straight, white, horizontal line.

  3. 3

    Right-click on the document on the taskbar, located at the bottom of the screen, if step 2 doesn't minimise the program. Choose "Minimize."

  1. 1

    Minimise the program from the Task Manager. To bring up the Task Manager, press "Ctrl," "Alt" and "Delete" at the same time.

  2. 2

    Choose "Task Manager" from the list.

  3. 3

    Select the "Applications" tab, and locate Microsoft Word.

  4. 4

    Review Microsoft Word's status. Underneath the "Status" tab, every application will be listed as either "Running" or "Not Responding." If Microsoft Word is running responsively on your computer, simply right-click the application and select "Minimize." This should minimise your window.

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    Close the program in the Task Manager. If the program will not minimise from the Task Manager, try closing it. From the Task Manager, select the "End Task" tab, which is located at the bottom of the dialogue box. This should effectively close Microsoft Word.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure to save your work frequently. If you are forced to close an unresponsive program, you will possibly lose the data contained within your document.

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