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

Updated July 20, 2017

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

  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. 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."

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

  5. Choose "Task Manager" from the list.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Warning

    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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About the Author

Isaac Thress

Based in Nashville, Isaac Thress has been writing periodic articles, papers, and news updates for Global Outreach Developments Int'l since 2005. His work regarding third-world development frequently appears online at GODinternational.org. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Biblical studies and linguistics from the Institute of G.O.D. Int’l and is currently working toward receiving a master’s degree in theological studies.

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